Sustainable palm oil - Identify impacts, risks & opportunities

Understand the key risks and opportunities in your palm oil supply chain

Questions to consider

  • What are leading food and drink companies and your direct competitors doing?
  • Are your suppliers and your palm oil ingredients the subject of media or other concern?
  • What unique challenges do your suppliers face?
  • What commitments have your customers made on selling products containing palm oil? Is it possible they will extend commitments on own-brand to branded products?
  • Are your suppliers and customers active members of palm oil sustainability organisations such as RSPO or working with organisations such as Rainforest Alliance, TFT and WWF?
  • Which of your suppliers are key? Are there alternative suppliers you could use?
  • What are the risks to your business continuity, integrity, market presence, and reputation?
  • With changes to on-pack labelling entering into force in 2014 making palm oil use more transparent to consumers, do you want to be able to make positive sustainability claims on your products?

Getting started

  • Find out what commitments your suppliers and customers have in place on sustainable palm oil
  • Engage your company in the topic – ensure improved awareness of key environmental, social and economic impacts surrounding palm oil
  • Identify opportunities for potential collaborative activities with existing suppliers and customers

Key deliverables

  • Understanding of key risks and opportunities impacting on the competitiveness of your business

Next page: Commit to sourcing certified sustainable palm oil

Last reviewed: 07 Dec 2017