No-Deforestation

As a global leading producer of plant-based spreads, Upfield’s vision for a “Better Plant-Based Future” drives us to source ingredients for our products in a way that celebrates the prosperity of the world’s precious ecosystems and that preserves our planet for the future generations to come.

Accordingly, in response to the devastating impacts of deforestation, Upfield is wholly committed to responsibly sourcing its ingredients, including palm oil, soybean oil, and packaging materials such as pulp and paper, and vets partners to verify compliance with our policies and maintain transparency. By doing this, we ensure deforestation doesn’t take place due to the Upfield supply chain and help to drive industry transformation.

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.

“By December 2019, we will report 100% of our palm oil to have been physically linked to certified sustainable sources.”

Dr Jeanette Fielding, Chief Corporate Affairs & Communications Officer

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Soybean Oil: 100% Sustainably Sourced

Some Upfield products contain soybean oil—a byproduct of soy meal production. We believe our use of soybean oil maximises crop productivity and efficiency, avoids potential waste and minimises environmental impacts.

Upfield shares the concerns about the production of soy products and is working toward full transparency, collaborating with community leaders and expert third parties. Ninety-five percent of Upfield’s soybean oil is grown in the United States and Canada and is compliant with local environmental regulations. The remaining five percent is sourced from Europe and Brazil, in compliance with the Amazon Basin Soy Moratorium Zone.

Upfield will not contribute to any new deforestation in its soy supply chain and, further, will work with U.S. soy farmers to protect soil integrity by supporting the planting of cover crops between seasons.

Read our Soy Policy Statement.

Pulp and Paper: 100% Sustainably Sourced

Upfield’s packaging uses pulp and paper. We comply with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Standards, and we are committed to only use pulp and paper suppliers that are FSC-certified or equivalent (e.g. PEFC). Where viable, we use recycled material for our products; in 2018, approximately 60% of the paper we used was from recycled sources.

Our efforts are focused on eliminating deforestation from our supply chain, as well as better understanding and addressing potential issues arising out of forest degradation and the contraction of bio-diversity. That’s why we go to great lengths to carefully adhere to all local and national policies, sourcing from only FSC legally-harvested wood and from sustainable sources. Protection of high-carbon-stock forests, as well as protection of high conservation value sites, also drive our sustainability efforts.

Read our Pulp and Paper Policy | Pulp and Paper Mill list

In 2019:

100%

of our total virgin pulp and paper
purchased will be responsibly sourced*

100%

of our total pulp and paper purchased
will be traceable to its country of origin

*from suppliers who meet the FSC Standards or are at least making measurable progress toward meeting the same standards

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