Our ingredients are used to make our delicious plant-based foods. We recognise the importance of ensuring that all of those ingredients are sourced sustainably and that’s why we are committed to ensuring that we have clear and transparent policies in place to support our commitment.
Palm Oil: 100% Sustainably Sourced
We are a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, meaning that we comply with their requirements not to contribute to any deforestation, destruction of habitats, or loss of biodiversity.
We only use 100% certified sustainable palm oil in our products. When sustainably sourced, palm oil is preferable to other oils in terms of its environmental impact (lower land occupation, climate impact and freshwater use) and its performance (it holds its shape and helps us to create great texture). We not only source 100% of our own palm oil sustainably, we also help to drive transformational change in the palm oil sector. We have teamed up with Starling and Earthworm to use satellite imagery to track and eradicate all deforestation in our supply chains. We also like to be transparent, so we publish the list of mills in our supply chain for maximum accountability.
Currently, we source certified sustainable palm oil both through mass balance and segregated supply chainspalm oil, helping to drive further transformation of the sector towards responsibly sourced palm oil. We will continue to work to increase the proportion of segregated palm oil we use year-on-year.
Our commitment to no-deforestation, in the production of the palm oil we use, includes:
- 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
Soybean Oil: 100% Sustainably Sourced
Some of our delicious 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.
We share concerns about the production of soy products and are working toward full transparency, collaborating with community leaders and expert third parties. Ninety-five percent of our 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.
We will not contribute to any new deforestation in our soy supply chain and, on top of working with U.S. soy farmers to protect soil integrity by supporting the planting of cover crops between seasons.
Shea: 100% Sustainably Sourced
Shea nut oil, also known as shea butter, is produced from the oily kernels of shea seeds. The shea tree is found in sub-Saharan West, East and Central Africa. Collection and processing provide employment to 16 million people, mainly women, and is an important source of income for rural communities.
Shea seeds are considered a sustainable crop as they are collected from trees that grow in the wild, without the need for irrigation, fertiliszers, and pesticides. Shea gives a creamy, spreadable texture to our plant-based spreads and margarines.
Whilst shea is widely considered to be a sustainable crop, we also recognise the potential safety, labour, environmental and economic risks associated with shea nut oil collection and processing, and are committed to working with partners across the value chain to help address these issues.
We require high standards from our suppliers, not only eliminating exploitation and improving safety, but actively empowering shea collectors through financial literacy training, market transparency and business practices.
Read our Shea Policy Statement.