PZ Cussons is a leading international consumer products group, with four core categories – Personal Care & Beauty, Home Care, Food & Nutrition and Electricals, employing over 5000 people across Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. With brands ranging from Imperial Leather to Cussons Baby, Original Source and Morning Fresh to St.Tropez.
PZ Cussons is working with Earthworm Foundation to secure a long-term sustainable supply of palm oil for its global operations. Its aim is to implement its Palm Oil Promise to ensure that the palm oil used in its range of personal and home care, beauty and food and nutrition products is responsibly sourced, respects local and indigenous communities, protects animal habitats and does not contribute to deforestation.
PZ Cussons have currently achieved full traceability of crude palm oil and palm kernel oil back to the refinery and 86% back to the mill and for derivatives, a more complex supply chain, 35% back to the mill. Timebound targets for 100% traceability are outlined in their 2020 Action Plan and the updated mill list is shared publically every six months.
Working towards a goal of full supply from producers with aligned NDPE commitments, PZ Cussons have currently achieved 68% of crude palm oil and palm kernel oil and 30% of palm oil derivatives.
With the majority of volumes from indirect third party suppliers, PZ Cussons are rolling-out a consistent non-compliant supplier protocol which applies to all suppliers and third party producers. This includes a conversion cut-off date and acceptable timescales for mitigation before ultimately excluding non-compliant producers.
PZ Cussons has selected Starling and Kumacaya to independently verify non-compliance across its global supply chain. It has also begun transformation work by implementing Earthworm Foundation’s High Impact Supplier Programme. This will address identified non-compliance and drive change in local communities.
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