How did the manufacturers perform?

This year’s Scorecard shows consistent effort by some manufacturers to make headway on palm oil, although others need to step up their game - and quickly.

 

Top scorers

The four top scoring manufacturers represent the full range of palm oil users, from a relatively small user (Ecover) through medium-sized ones (United Biscuits and Ferrero Trading) to the largest user (Unilever).

All four have shown real commitment and action not only on buying CSPO but also on requiring action on climate change right along their palm oil supply chains.

A further 20 manufacturers received 11 out of 12 points, reflecting their good progress on using certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO). 

RSPO membership

Of the 78 global manufacturers scored, 75 were already Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) members, meaning they’ve at least taken the very first step all companies should take to engage in understanding the issues associated with palm oil.

Commitments to use only sustainable palm oil

Around 70% of the companies (56 out of 78) have taken the next step by making public commitments to use only CSPO by 2015 or sooner. But seven companies have made only vague commitments beyond 2015, and a further 15 have made no public commitments at all. 

Transparency

In 2011 WWF called for greater transparency about how much palm oil and CSPO companies were using in order to give growers supplying CSPO a better idea of the likely future demand.
 
In 2013 we have found that only 64 out of 78 manufacturers and processors have disclosed this; the rest have not. Companies need to be able and willing to disclose how much palm oil they use to send a clear signal to growers that there is a market for sustainable palm oil.

Use of CSPO

In 2011 there was some good news about the number of manufacturers starting to use CSPO – but not such good news when it came to how many were approaching 100%.

In 2013 we have found that 60 out of 78 are using CSPO but still only 25 are wholly sourcing or covering their palm oil use with CSPO. In 2011, 42% of the reported use of palm oil by the manufacturing sector was CSPO - now it has only grown marginally to 48%. This progress is not nearly fast enough.

Will the companies meet the 2015 deadline?

Like the retailers, almost all of the early movers with long-standing commitments to CSPO have made good progress on reaching their goals. Most of the companies that made commitments to reach 100% CSPO by 2012 have done so.

Most of those that have committed to get to 100% CSPO by 2015 also seem to be making good progress - but there are some notable exceptions like Barry Callebaut, Reckitt Benckiser, Associated British Foods, CSM, Kao Corporation, Lion Corporation, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Shiseido, Barilla and Tamanohada Soap Corporation, who will have to intensify their efforts to hit their own targets.
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Palm fruit is piled up to be weighed.
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Aerial view of palm oil processing plant, Honduras.
© © AGROTOR
Oil palm is an important raw material for a variety of foodstuffs, cosmetics and detergents. In the ... / ©: WWF-Canon / Hartmut JUNGIUS
Oil palm fruit, Sabah, Borneo.
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Manufacturers already using 100% CSPO

  • Arla Foods
  • August Storck
  • Bongrain
  • Brioche Pasquier Cerqueux
  • Cémoi
  • Ecover
  • HARIBO
  • Harry’s (Barilla)
  • Iglo Group
  • Iwata Chemical
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Karl Fazer
  • Lantmännen ek för
  • Lindt & Sprüngli
  • L'Oréal
  • Lotus Bakeries
  • Mills DA
  • Oriflame Cosmetics
  • Premier Foods
  • Remia
  • Royal FrieslandCampina
  • Saraya
  • Unilever
  • United Biscuits
  • Warburtons
  • 78

    Manufacturers assessed
  • 75

    are RSPO members
  • 56

    have 2015 targets for using 100% CSPO
  • 60

    are using some CSPO
  • 25

    are using 100% CSPO
  • 6,413,779

    Total palm oil use
  • 3,093,994

    Total CSPO use (48%)

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