Deerfield, IL — Two years ahead of its commitment schedule, Mondelez International, Inc. purchased only 100 percent sustainable palm oil this past year.
The commitment was achieved though a combination of Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Greenpalm certificates, the company reports.
Dave Brown, vice-president of Global Commodities and Strategic Sourcing, notes the commitment required working with suppliers of palm oil that’s produced on legally held land, respects human rights, including land rights, and doesn’t use forced child labor.
“We recognize the need to go further, so we’ve also challenged our palm oil suppliers to provide transparency on the levels of traceability in their palm oil supply chains,” Brown says. “Knowing the sources of palm oil supplies is an essential first step to enable scrutiny and promote improvements in practice on the ground.”