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Driving transformation throughout our supply chains

Engaging every stakeholder

Responsible sourcing

AAK drives sustainability across the supply chains we source from. Our understanding of the issues and risks related to our supply chains and how to effectively address them has improved over time. This is due to a closer collaboration with stakeholders such as suppliers, customers and partners like Proforest. We continuously work to attain more sustainable supply chains in recognition of the impact that we have and in line with the identified and prioritized risks.

AAK’s priorities for responsible sourcing – from plant to brand

We have the same management approach for each of our key raw materials. It is our aim to fully integrate sustainability in our way of working across the global teams that are responsible for sourcing raw materials, for shipping, logistics, and with customers. In this way, we help connect our customers’ brands to the plants which supply the raw materials.

To maximize our impact on the raw material industries, and to work in a holistic way with the challenges we face, we engage with our supply chains on three levels:

Smallholder inclusion

Smallholder inclusion in raw material supply chains is a key objective for AAK. Our commitment is to actively ensure that smallholders are not excluded from our supply chains as a result of high sustainability requirements, and that we initiate projects across our supply base to encourage and support smallholders. Specifically, we aim to contribute to initiatives that support smallholder livelihoods, through mechanisms such as improved yields and community development. 

Smallholder engagement across countries and raw materials

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AAK House of Sustainability

Our House of Sustainability has guided our continued progress and represents the foundational structure of our sustainability initiatives and how we make it part of our DNA.

More on our responsible sourcing

Responsible sourcing of shea

The shea kernel is only about two and a half centimeters in diameter. But what it lacks in size it makes up in oil concentration—and a unique history.Read more about our responsible sourcing of shea.

Responsible sourcing of palm

Globally, palm oil is the most produced and consumed vegetable oil, accounting for 30 percent of the world’s vegetable oil production. Find out how AAK supports the move towards full sustainability in the palm oil industry.

Responsible sourcing of coconut

Coconut-growing countries in Asia-Pacific rely on the sale of coconut products as export income. Find out more regarding AAK’s coconut supply chain here.

Responsible sourcing of rapeseed

Rapeseed oil is one of the most important vegetable oils used in food as well as biodiesel. Today, rapeseed is the oil plant of Northern Europe and a key raw material for AAK.