Palm oil is one of AAK’s most important raw materials, and responsible sourcing of palm is crucial for us. The scale of the crop globally, as well as the environmental and social challenges in each region, require a consistent approach as well as collaboration in the supply chain.
The principal challenge for our industry is to only use palm oil that is grown without deforestation or conversion and with full respect for human rights.
Our pledge? Only together, we can make the global palm oil industry transparent and sustainable.
What is sustainable palm oil for us?
- AAK’s own criteria — The AAK Group Sustainability Policy, Policy on Sustainable Palm Oil, and Code of Conduct (can be found here)
- RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certification — The RSPO certification remains one of the most reliable ways to ensure that palm oil production meets high environmental and social standards
- NDPE verification — No-deforestation, No-development on peat and No-exploitation
The benefits of palm oil
For many reasons, palm oil is a fantastic crop. It is a stable raw material and has been instrumental in lowering trans fat levels in different applications. It is the most effective plant-based oil in terms of yield per hectare. Alternative crops require at least five times the area of land to produce the same volume of oil. It is more affordable compared to other crops – half of the world’s population relies on palm oil as a staple part of their diet. Palm oil also brings economic benefits to poorer communities around the world including jobs, better schools and other infrastructure. Palm oil is providing a way out of poverty for many family farmers, for people that have few other options to make a livelihood.
Engaging to transform
Palm oil can be produced in a sustainable way, without negative environmental and social impacts. Ending non-sustainable production and verifying more sustainable production require a continuing market transformation across all stakeholders of the palm oil value chain. AAK has for a long time been at the forefront of this change. We co-founded the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) back in 2003, which today is the industry standard for certified sustainable palm oil.
Palm progress reports
In our palm progress reports, you can read about our sustainable palm journey and our achievements. Explore our latest report and our archive here.
Contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):