Unilever Australia & New Zealand has vowed it will source 100 per cent traceable and certified palm oil for its local foods business by the end of 2015.
The company, which makes the Continental, Streets and Liptons brands, described the move as an important milestone. It said by the end of 2015, all palm oil purchased by Unilever ANZ for locally produced food products will come from RSPO segregated sources.
From Q1 2015, Unilever’s local food factories will begin using traceable and certified (RSPO segregated) palm oil, with the transition expected to be complete by the end of 2015, according to the company.
Clive Stiff, chairman and CEO of Unilever ANZ, said: “The move to RSPO segregated palm oil for our locally produced foods products is an important step on our journey towards achieving full traceability and sustainability across our supply chain.
“While we know there is still more to do, I’m delighted we have made significant progress on our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan targets and remain at the forefront of businesses working to ensure the long term sustainability of the palm oil industry.”
The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, which was launched in 2010, commits the company to reduce its environmental impact and source 100 per cent of agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020.