Only sustainable traceable certified palm oil for Ferrero
Posted: 5 February 2015 | Ferrero | 1 comment
Ferrero Group reaches the goal of 100% certified segregated RSPO sustainable palm fruit oil and goes beyond…
As of 1st January 2015 Ferrero products are produced with only palm fruit oil that is 100% certified as sustainable and segregated according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) supply chain, one year ahead of its original target.
Yet, Ferrero’s responsibility does not stop at certification: its commitment continues through its Palm Oil Charter, launched in 2013, to address the leading causes of deforestation and create a balance between the conservation of the environment, community needs and economic benefit and viability.
Since 2005, Ferrero has been an active member of the RSPO, an international organisation whose focus is making sustainable palm oil sourcing a normal practice. From the beginning, Ferrero decided to directly source RSPO certified segregated palm oil: it is segregation that provides the tool to keep sustainable palm oil physically separated from non-sustainable palm oil and to trace it from the certified sustainable plantations to the production line. Therefore, Ferrero activated a robust, publically available, time-bound implementation plan, working extensively with its suppliers within a global responsible palm oil procurement policy.
Currently, all the Ferrero plants utilising palm fruit oil have the RSPO Segregated Certification.
These pioneering and rigorous efforts have enabled the Ferrero Group to finally achieve its goal of 100% RSPO certified segregated palm fruit oil in its products.
“In achieving 100% segregated certified sustainable palm oil within the context of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, Ferrero has demonstrated that it is tackling tropical deforestation in a credible way” said Richard Holland, Director of WWF’s Market Transformation Initiative.
While Ferrero is pleased with this achievement, our responsibility does not stop at this certification: in November 2013, the Group announced its strategic partnership with the non-profit organisation TFT (formerly The Forest Trust) by launching its own Ferrero Palm Oil Charter. The Charter has 10 specific criteria, which have been passed down to suppliers for the implementation in the plantations Ferrero supplies from. The current journey to Ferrero’s Charter is one of collaboration and transparency: activities in the field are carried out with TFT’s teams, suppliers are fully engaged through constructive dialogue and time-bound action plans whilst consumers are kept informed through reports publically available every six months.
Beyond this specific palm oil strategy, Ferrero continues its commitment to instilling social responsibility in all daily activities with perseverance, passion and patience, constantly thriving to affirm its distinctive values into the future.