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Working together to deliver palm oil transformation

Securing a long-term sustainable supply of palm oil for our global operations is a priority. We know that we can only meet this significant goal through working collaboratively. Therefore, we continue to work with our NGO partner the Forest Trust (TFT), our suppliers, joint venture partners and other stakeholders to actively support the responsible development of the palm oil supply chain.

We are committed to ensuring that the palm oil used in our range of Personal Care and Home Care, Beauty and Food & Nutrition products is responsibly sourced, respects local and indigenous communities, protects animal habitats and does not contribute to deforestation.

Our priority is to achieve a fully transparent and traceable supply chain and in 2016, we achieved 100% traceability to refinery and currently have 86% traceability back to the mill. This enhanced visibility enabled TFT to spend time on the ground with our key suppliers in Indonesia and Nigeria to identify priority issues. As part of an action plan to address issues identified on the ground, in early 2017 we funded a programme of TFT training for a third party grower for one of our core suppliers. The training was designed to embed social and environmental practices consistent with our PZ Palm Oil Promise. Working with our supplier and TFT, we will continue to monitor the outcomes and deliver additional training.

Through PZ Wilmar, our joint venture with Wilmar in Nigeria, we are talking to the National Bank of Nigeria and Heritage Bank to create access to finance for smallholders with verifiable land titles. PZ Wilmar is also contributing expertise and hybrid seedlings to smallholder farmers, through collaboration with the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research. Once successful, these initiatives will enable independent farmers to revitalise old and inefficient plantations, improve their yield and meet Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) criteria.

We will continue to deepen our engagement with suppliers to improve traceability and fund action in Indonesia and Nigeria to address practices which conflict with the PZ Palm Oil Promise, driving real transformation on the ground.

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