Top 10 - Most ethically sourced palm oil
CSO Magazines counts off the top 10 companies sourcing palm oil ethically, as listed on the WWF’s Palm Oil Scorecard
10 | The Co-operative Group
A company renowned for its ongoing commitment to sustainable and ethically responsible business practices, the Co-op was the first brand to stock ‘Fairtrade’ products - those which support farming communities by paying them a living wage - and currently promotes renewable energy, animal welfare and sustainable fishing.
The company scored 18 out of 22 on the WWF’s palm oil Scorecard.
9 | dm-drogerie markt
A chain of retail stores stocking health food, home care products, cosmetics and toiletries, dm-drogerie markt is truly a behemoth of the sector. Generating revenues in excess of €10.3bn, it is one of the largest companies in its field.
Following through on its conviction that sustainability is crucial to a commercially successful business, the company scored 18 out of 22 of the WWF Scorecard for ethical palm oil.
8 | ALDI South
A family-owned business founded in 1913, ALDI was eventually split into two separate companies in 1961: ALDI South and ALDI North.
Although ostensibly one entity, ALDI South has managed to edge its way in front of its Northern counterpart in terms of palm oil sustainability (18.3 out of 22).
7 | Bahlsen
German food company Bahlsen is a biscuit and cake producer based in Hanover.
In addition to sourcing socially and environmentally responsible palm oil (18.5 out of 22), the company is also dedicated to sustainable cocoa and works closely with communities in the Ivory Coast which grow and produce it.
6 | Marks & Spencer
British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) aims to provide its customers with the opportunity to make a positive impact when purchasing its products. Maintaining a strong ethical standard which benefits communities, the environment and individual well-being, M&S subscribes to measures promoting ethical livestock, sustainable fashion and palm oil.
Despite its small-scale purchasing of palm oil (the company estimates 0.01%), M&S remains a staunch supporter of ethical palm agriculture. Score 18.8 out of 22.
5 | IKEA
With a corporate aim to integrate simple, pleasing and sustainable design, IKEA’s attitude, according to Malin Pettersson-Beckeman, Sustainable Communication Manger, is that “sustainable living has to be easy, and the most natural choice”.
Despite only using a small quantity of palm oil (mainly in its candles), IKEA nonetheless ensures that it is sourced responsibly. The company has a score of 19 out of 22.
4 | L'Oréal
French cosmetics company L'Oréal has been dedicated to a responsible and sustainable ethic of doing business for a number of years. It’s approach to palm oil procurement is indicative of this commitment: 19.3 out 22, tied for third-place.
Aiming to achieve zero deforestation and restore peatlands in addition to its efforts to source sustainable soya, palm and wood-fibre, L'Oréal also champions biodiversity and eco-friendly product formulas.
3 | Kaufland
Opening its first store in 1984 in Neckarsulm, Germany, Kaufland’s brand of hypermarkets has gone on to open stores in Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Croatia and more.
Kaufland Stiftung & Co scored 19.3 out of 22 of the WWF’s Scorecard, praised for its company commitment and lacking only a broader corporate pledge.
2 | Edeka
Scoring 19.8 out of 22, German retail brand Edeka has a long history that stretches back to Hamburg in 1898.
With more than 300,000 employees working in 12,000 stores nationwide, Edeka’s commitment to sustainable palm oil makes a significant difference to European consumer trends. Commenting on the business’ philosophy, Markus Mosa, CEO of Edeka, said, “The entire company is tuned to sustainability. Our worldwide supply chains are scrutinised and our customers are made environmental ambassadors on a daily basis.”
1 | Ferrero
Italian confectionery manufacturer Ferrero tops the WWF’s scorecard with a score of 21.5 out of 22.
The company officially reached its goal of 100% sustainable certification in January 2015, one year ahead of its intended target. Ferrero continues to address the issue of responsible palm oil by championing causes fighting deforestation, fostering local communities and proving the economic benefit of sustainable palm oil.