The project will educate and support smallholder palm oil farmers in Indonesia © AFP/Getty Images
The project will educate and support smallholder palm oil farmers in Indonesia © AFP/Getty Images

Estée Lauder launches sustainable palm oil project

29 May 2019

Estée Lauder has launched a three-year supply chain sustainability programme in Indonesia to minimise the environmental impact of palm oil production.

The programme will help up to 1,000 smallholder farmers in Lampung Province to produce sustainable palm oil through education and technical support.  

Throughout the project farmers will receive development and training on good agricultural and best management practices for palm oil production which protects the environment from deforestation, as well as protecting the health of workers.

The programme also seeks to improve communication between farms and mills and will provide long-term technical support for farmers in the region after formal training has ended in 2021.

Estée Lauder, which includes brands such as MAC, Bobbi Brown and Jo Malone London, is partnering with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RPSO), ingredient supplier BASF and supply chain sustainability NGO Solidaridad on the project.

While it is a relatively small consumer of palm oil, “it was important to be there in person to listen to and learn from our partners and the farmers on the ground,” said Mindi DeLeary, executive director, responsible sourcing at Estée Lauder.

“We are part of a complex multinational supply chain. This often means rolling up our sleeves and working with others to address the complexities and turn them into something positive for all involved,” she said.

Roberto Magana, Estée Lauder’s senior VP and CPO, added: “We aim to develop long-lasting, trusting and mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers who share our strong values and demonstrate the same commitment to operating responsibly and ethically across all facets of business.”

Earlier this month, Procter & Gamble announced it was expanding a pilot in Malaysia to create a more sustainable palm oil supply chain. Up to 10,000 farmers will be involved in the scheme.

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