It aims to have mapped its supply chain by the end of 2015.
We are pleased to announce that global food company Danone has joined TFT as a palm oil member. Palm oil is an ingredient in Danone’s nutrition products, which are sold in 140 countries.
Under its new policy Danone is committed to sourcing traceable palm oil with no links to deforestation or exploitation of the environment, local population and workers within its supply chain. TFT will support Danone in implementing its policy.
We will start by producing a detailed map of all Danone’s palm oil suppliers. Danone aims to have mapped its supply chain by the end of 2015. Danone will now start to use the information gathered from mapping to drive transformation within its supply chain. The company is on track to buy 100% segregated oil certified to Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards by the end of 2014 but wants to push beyond RSPO standards to ensure that its oil is completely deforestation and exploitation-free. The transparency that comes from mapping will give Danone an accurate picture of any changes suppliers need to implement to reach this commitment.
Danone is fully prepared to support suppliers, but it will not continue to use suppliers who show no signs of progress when it comes to better practice. TFT’s Florie Loth, who heads up palm oil projects for many European companies, says: “Danone is a worldwide brand, so the fact it has both a palm oil policy and the will to implement it demonstrates that big businesses can work towards successfully operating responsible supply chains.”