Delhaize commits to deforestation-free palm oil by 2020

Gurjit Degun
1 March 2014

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1 March 2014 | Gurjit Degun

Belgium-based international retailer Delhaize has committed to source completely traceable and deforestation-free palm oil by 2020 following calls from Greenpeace.

The company stated plans to reach 80 per cent deforestation-free palm oil by 2018 for its private brand products in its updated responsible palm oil sourcing policy. It said that it recognises the impact of deforestation on climate change, habitats, and forest communities.

“Our updated policy includes the commitment to protecting peatlands, high carbon stock forests and high conservation value areas, including wildlife habitats,” it said. “It will also respect the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous and local communities in the development of new plantations.”

Delhaize added that it will produce annual reports on its progress.

“Reaching this commitment, however, will take collaborative effort across the palm oil supply chain,” said Megan Hellstedt, Delhaize Group vice president of sustainability. “We look forward to continued engagement with our suppliers, other retailers, NGOs, and palm oil producers in the transformation to responsibly-sourced palm oil.”

As a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Delhaize is also maintaining its current commitment to having 100 per cent of the palm oil used in its private brand products adhere to the RSPO guidelines by the end of 2015.

Greenpeace’s Tiger Manifesto asks companies to remove deforestation from supply chains because it is contributing to the extinction of animals such as the Sumatran tiger.

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