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Building a better supply chain

Our palm oil journey

Working with The Forest Trust (TFT) and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) we have been making good progress on how we trace palm oil supplies, manage the communities which grow palm oil, engage with suppliers and support the industry to stamp out deforestation.

We source our palm oil from Indonesia and Africa, with 89% of our volume coming from TFT members who are also committed to ‘no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation’ (NDPE). In Indonesia, we can trace 99.8% of our palm oil supply back to the mill. In Nigeria, we can trace 89% of volume from ongoing suppliers back to the mill. We remain committed to 100% traceability and we expect further progress in the next 12 months.

We believe that it is only possible to establish a sustainable and profitable business in the long-term by identifying and aligning the interests of all key stakeholders and, in particular, by ensuring that our environmental footprint is minimised by adopting best practices and standards in our operations.

In line with our Palm Oil Promise and our mission to build a sustainable future for the domestic palm oil industry in the key territory of Nigeria, we are focused on developing the value chain from plantation to plate. We are actively supporting local agriculture by developing over 26,500 hectares of land bank into palm plantation in the Cross Rivers State of Nigeria. We continue to develop our plantations by adhering to the globally accepted principles. We are also working closely with key stakeholders to develop a robust smallholder scheme and to support key participants in the palm oil industry. We have embarked on various initiatives which empower and enhance the quality of life of our host communities including scholarships and medical assistance.

Promoting responsible health & safety
We seek to ensure that working environments, for all our employees, contractors and visitors, comply with high standards of health & safety. Our Business operates across diverse geographies and cultures and we are committed to embedding in all operations clear and effective health & safety processes, which not only meet local rules and regulations but also comply with our Group-wide standards which often exceed local law. All our sites are either accredited or seeking accreditation to the OHSAS18001 Safety Management System.

The Group’s health & safety performance is regularly reviewed by the Group’s Executive Committee and Board committees which help to identify, assess and set action plans to mitigate potential risks. Over the past years we have implemented a number of initiatives and ten core health & safety standards at a local level to promote and maintain responsible health & safety and to ensure consistent standards are upheld and regulations are being complied with.

SEDEX – Supplier Ethical Data Exchange
During the past 12 months we have continued on our Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) journey to drive improvements and standardise our approach to quality auditing and third party vendor management. During this time we have provided training for our key Technical and Procurement personnel based in Africa, Asia and Europe, on both SEDEX process and the data exchange platform.

Over the forthcoming year we will continue to deploy SEDEX to assist in mapping the ethical and environmental landscape of our suppliers across the globe. To date we have contacted suppliers to check their SEDEX membership status and to request they become members and share their ethical and environmental information with us via this platform.

The Global Technical Team has continued with the quality auditing and third party vendor management programme that we introduced last year and is dedicated to ensuring the Group has a technically capable vendor base to meet our immediate and future needs.