P&G is committed to the sustainable sourcing of palm oil. By 2015, we intend to purchase and use only palm oil that we can confirm to have originated from responsible and sustainable sources.
Although the vast majority of palm oil is produced in a sustainable way, there are some instances where tropical rain forests are being cleared for palm plantations. P&G is strongly opposed to irresponsible and/or illegal deforestation practices. We will continue to support efforts to eliminate irresponsible and/or illegal deforestation of land for use in the planting and harvesting of palm plantations, as well as efforts to help ensure the appropriate selection and designation of land for such uses.
We will seek to accomplish these goals through the following key steps:
Supplier and Partner Coaching
We will continue to share and reinforce our expectations related to Sustainability, and encourage and reward “sustainable behavior” on behalf of our partners and suppliers. This will include visits to our suppliers and audits of their on-the-ground operations to ensure that their practices will meet or exceed our Sustainability expectations, including their selection, purchase, and responsible use of land for the planting of palm plantations. We recognize the criteria and certification of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as evidence of sustainable palm oil sourcing. We will continue to partner with known suppliers with whom we have longstanding relationships and trust, as well as with emerging suppliers who embrace and support our Corporate Sustainability principles and expectations.
We will expand and strengthen relationships with trade associations, government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other critical external stakeholders to help influence positive changes and incremental Sustainability improvements in the palm oil supply chain and industry. We will partner with third-party organizations to help confirm and validate our palm oil sourcing and use strategies.
We will continue to support industry efforts to eliminate irresponsible and/or illegal deforestation of land for use in the planting and harvesting of palm plantations, as well as efforts to help ensure the appropriate selection and designation of land for such uses.