More sustainable palm oil

The palm oil and palm kernel oil in our products is 100% certified. With the RSPO standard, we are fully committed to more sustainable and responsible production.

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Published on 12/07/2022

Palm (kernel) oil in our private label products

All palm oil and palm kernel oil - the lesser used variety, extracted from the same fruit - in our Boni, Culino, Econom, Everyday and Spar products is RSPO-certified. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) guarantees sustainably managed plantations with minimal impact on ecosystems, prohibits new deforestation and promotes correct working conditions and good agricultural practices in consultation with the local population.

Boni Selection hand soap Foods, but also care products often contain palm oil or palm kernel oil.

By choosing certified oil, we want to help the countries of origin - especially Indonesia and Malaysia - to grow sustainably and also support the local smaller producers, which is a lever for local economic development.

Different RSPO certifications

The RSPO certification system recognises different types of palm oil. Our preference goes out to the use of sustainable palm (kernel) oil from separate production streams, whereby the oil is processed separately throughout the process. Secondly, we choose mass balance: sustainable oil that gets mixed with normal oil during storage and transport. We want to further reduce the share of non-sustainable palm (kernel) oil for which we will purchase RSPO certificates ('credits') in the future.

The RSPO logo for certified sustainable palm oil shows the leaves of the oil palm

Palm oil (4,661 tonnes in 2021)

Palm kernel oil (1,009 tonnes in 2021)

Is palm oil sustainable?

The production of palm oil and palm kernel oil is often linked to (illegal) deforestation. This is detrimental to the environment, local biodiversity and the rights of the population. However, from the point of view of sustainability, replacing the fat with another vegetable variety is not a solution for the environment. This is because the oil palm is a very productive plant which, compared to other oil plants - such as sunflowers or cabbage seeds – has a big yield on little land. Replacing palm oil would require 4 to 10 times more land use and could therefore lead to more deforestation. 

The harvesting of palm fruits Due to the high yield of palm cultivation, palm (kernel) oil substitution is often not more sustainable. Moreover, it can affect the quality and shelf life of a product.

What are we doing to make the chain more sustainable?

As a retailer, we do not buy or sell palm oil directly. It is one of the many ingredients in over seven hundred of our private label products. Making the palm oil chain more sustainable is therefore quite a challenge. That is why we actively cooperate with our producers and suppliers.

Palm fruits are red and the size of a large olive We also support small suppliers in the certification process and in the transition to increasingly sustainable palm oil.

We evaluate the palm oil they use through an annual survey and internal audit. On that basis, we encourage them to switch to more sustainable palm oil. We guide them through this:

  • building up expertise and investing in human and financial resources to actively help them with the transition.
  • giving them time to organise themselves according to the RSPO regulations.
  • working with them to find feasible solutions to, for example, technical problems linked to the separation of production flows. We also help small suppliers to apply collectively for a group licence to reduce the cost of certification.
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