Palm oil: popular but think about it

Palm oil, a popular fat, is everywhere. It’s in your chocolate spread, your favourite lipstick, the soap you use every day… through to the biscuits you nibble in front of the TV. And what’s more, we’ll be using an increasing amount in the next few years. So we must work together on a more sustainable plan. Because intensive palm oil cultivation is testing the environment.

What you need to know about palm oil

Long-lasting, texture and flavour enhancer, an important source of income for millions of workers, but with a downside: whoever uses it thoughtlessly contributes to deforestation.

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Palm plantation
With non-sustainable cultivation, the primary forest must be cut down even more quickly in favour of palm plantations.

Towards more sustainability 

Being more sustainable by using the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standard for responsible production is at the heart of Colruyt Group’s ‘Palm oil action plan’. Since 2013, we have reviewed over 600 own brand products which use palm oil.

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Farmer working on palm plantation
As well as protecting the forests, good working conditions are also important to the RSPO.

2018: 100% more sustainable palm oil

Slowly but surely, our Boni Selection and Everyday products contain an increasing proportion of more sustainable palm oil. By the end of 2018, we want to be using 100% ‘segregated’ RSPO oil, which means that all palm oil in our finished products will come from sustainable plantations.

 

 

Child choosing Boni Selection cookies in store
In 2016, our own brand products already contained 42% fully segregated RSPO oil.

With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Decent work & economic growth Responsible consumption & production Life on land