Palm Oil: 100% Sustainably Sourced
Upfield uses palm oil in several of our products, appreciating its many environmental and health benefits, such as crop efficiency and superior performance, texture and taste. While we highly value this ingredient, we also acknowledge the impact of its sourcing on the environment. That’s why, as the authority in plant-based nutrition, Upfield directly sources 100% physically certified sustainable palm oil in our products, and we are committed to achieving 100 percent traceability by December 2019.
Currently, Upfield sources both mass balance and segregated palm oil in order to help drive further transformation of the sector towards responsibly sourced palm oil, and we will continue to work to increase the proportion of segregated palm oil use year-on-year.
Upfield’s commitment to no-deforestation, in the production of the palm oil we use, include:
- No conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas
- No conversion of High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests
- No burning in the preparation of new plantings and re-plantings
- A progressive reduction in greenhouse gases emissions associated with existing suppliers
Satellite Monitoring and Verification
Certification is one important way we seek to ensure that deforestation does not occur in our supply chains. Beyond our commitment to source 100% of our palm oil from physically certified sources, we are committed to monitor and verify compliance to our policy.
From September 2019 one way we are doing this is through a new partnership with Starling to use their innovative satellite monitoring technology. Starling, created by Airbus and Earthworm, uses high resolution imagery and radar data to monitor land cover changes. By mapping the location of mills within our supply chain we will be able to identify where deforestation may be occurring. Initially we will be piloting the system in Indonesia where 50% of our palm oil and 70% of the high risks mills in our supply chain are located. In 2020 we will extend its use to cover our global palm oil supply chain.
It is a huge challenge to totally eliminate deforestation, but being able to start to track what is actually happening on the ground is a breakthrough which will enable faster and more targeted action.
Watch the video attached to see how the system works.