Rapeseed and sunflower

Scaling up responsible sourcing efforts in the soft oil supply chains

Better sourcing of rapeseed and sunflower

Rapeseed and sunflower are key soft oils for food production that bring important health benefits, such as lower levels of saturated fatty acids to end products. As there are many parallels in the rapeseed and sunflower supply chains, we are grouping them together in our responsible sourcing approach.

Our milestones and roadmap to 2025

Our milestones and roadmap to 2025 shows our progress in the journey towards sustainable rapeseed and sunflower, as well as our ambitions still ahead. 

Sustainability KPIs for rapeseed and sunflower

Deeply understanding our supply base 

The production of rapeseed and sunflower has a relatively low risk for sustainability issues such as deforestation. However, there are some other key risks, namely: 

  • Traceability in a commodity-based supply chain
  • Transparency on field-level practices
  • Biodiversity 

At most points of origin, sustainability concerns related to rapeseed and sunflower production are mitigated to some extent by good agricultural practices. They are supported by strong legal frameworks and environmental incentive schemes. However, transparency and reliable data is currently still a challenge. 

At AAK, we use Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) to analyze the impact of rapeseed supply chains globally, as well as in comparison to other oil crops. These studies have shown that the environmental impacts of, for example rapeseed, are strongly correlated with the amount and type of fertilizer used as well as to the yield of crop per hectare. 

Engaging with suppliers and farmers 

In 2022, we officially kicked off our formal supplier engagement work in the European rapeseed supply chain through a structured supplier engagement questionnaire and in-depth dialogue. We have 100 percent traceability to country level and 2 percent traceability to farmer level.

We are using certification schemes to drive compliance. ISCC (EU/Plus) fully meets AAK’s responsible sourcing criteria for rapeseed and sunflower and is aligned with the Sustainable Agricultural Initiative (SAI) Silver level.  

Suppliers score cards were developed in 2021, in order to track progress and reward good practices. We will begin in Europe and further roll this out globally until 2025. 

Contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):


Commitments and ambitions

  • Roll out supplier score cards to top suppliers in EU in 2022
  • Roll out score cards globally by 2025

Key achievement 2022

  • During the year, we formed a new partnership to monitor and collect better GHG data from our European rapeseed suppliers and formalized our strategy and ambition for sustainable rapeseed supply chains. This will enable us to report on our rapeseed supply base in much better detail, give targeted advice on where to improve and reward good practice farmers.

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