The food and drink industry has signed up to a national statement pledging to work with other industries with the stated ambition of sourcing 100 per cent sustainable palm oil by 2015.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) says that its members recognise the need for collaborative efforts between sectors to support and promote this common aim.
Many leading food and drink manufacturers are active members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and have made substantial progress towards their aim of using only certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) bought via RSPO-approved trading systems.
FDF Director of Sustainability, Andrew Kuyk said, “Many food and drink manufacturers have in place long-standing commitments to using 100 per cent certified sustainable palm oil and the national statement is an important step towards a wider reassurance for consumers that the products they enjoy contain oil from environmentally friendly sources.
“We have seen significant progress towards achieving this aim since the first shipment of RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil arrived in November 2008 and we believe the joint agreement will encourage increased uptake by British industry.”
The UK seed crushers and Oil Processors Association (SCOPA) members also says it is pleased to support the UK initiative on sustainable palm oil sourcing.
SCOPA companies are already committed to moving towards 10 per cent sustainable palm oil sourcing and are all active members of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
Angela Bowden, Secretary General of SCOPA said, “We welcome this concerted action and broad participation across the UK supply chain, which will encourage greater demand for sustainable palm oil and help this to become the mainstream supply.
“We believe market mechanisms are the best driver for greater uptake of sustainable palm oil and this initiative will promote demand whilst encouraging increasingly sustainable practices in producing countries.”