Unilever: Goal on sustainable palm oil reached

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Unilever has announced that its goal on sustainable palm oil has been reached three years ahead of the original schedule, with the target of 100% certified sustainable palm oil covered by GreenPalm Certificates by the end of 2012. With this goal reached, Unilever has set a new target of buying palm oil from traceable sources by 2020, to continue its efforts to increase sustainable palm oil trade and reduce the sector’s impact on the environment.

Palm oil is used in both food and non-food production around the world, a main ingredient in products such as margarine, soups, ice cream, shampoo, skin lotions and candles. The increased demand on palm oil in the modern lifestyle has had major impacts on the environment. As one of the world’s largest buyers of palm oil, Unilever has taken the steps to promote a sustainable solution to meet the demands by being a founding member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil as well as working  to the standards of the Green Palm Program.

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to galvanise the support of countries around the world in support of our plan to integrate economic growth and positive social impacts with a reduction in environmental impact.” said Global Advocacy Director Thomas Lingard at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio this year. He has pointed out that Unilever’s sustainability efforts are “now ahead of many governments”

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to galvanise the support of countries around the world in support of our plan to integrate economic growth and positive social impacts with a reduction in environmental impact.” – Thomas Lingard

At the same conference, Unilever has expressed support of the UN working group on issues such as deforestation and food security.

“In a world where temperatures are rising, energy is costing more, sanitation is worsening and food supply is less secure, companies can no longer sit on the sidelines waiting for governments to take action. We have to see ourselves as part of the solution to these problems. In Unilever, we believe that our future success depends upon being able to decouple our growth from our environmental footprint, while at the same time increasing our positive social impacts.” said Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever in a progress report.

“In Unilever, we believe that our future success depends upon being able to decouple our growth from our environmental footprint, while at the same time increasing our positive social impacts.” – Paul Polman

Read about Unilever’s sustainable living plan

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