Scorecard methodology

To evaluate the palm oil buying practices of European companies, we carried out a rigorous review of commitments and actual practices.

How we assessed palm oil buyers

European companies were scored on their palm oil sustainability practices in a 2-step process.

First, WWF evaluated company performance based on publicly available data (including websites and corporate sustainability reports) in relation to the following 4 questions:

  1. Is the company an active member of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)?
  2. Does the company have a policy on the responsible use of palm oil which includes statements of the impacts of palm oil cultivation, a commitment to sustainability and systems in place to track the palm oil that is used?
  3. Does the company have a public, time-bound, targeted plan which includes a commitment to only source certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO)?
  4. Does the company use CSPO at the time of the assessment or has it used equivalents in the past?

Second, draft scores were sent to companies, along with an overview of the scoring process. Companies were then given the opportunity to send WWF further information pertaining to the questions. Some of this information was provided to WWF in confidence.

A final set of scores was tallied based on the additional information received.  Each company listed in the table was informed of its final score before the Scorecard was made public.

Notes
  • WWF has awarded the same number of points to any company sourcing CSPO, regardless of the volumes used. Future versions of the Scorecard will focus on how much CSPO companies are using and how quickly they are moving towards using CSPO exclusively.
  • The scope of this assessment did not allow for independent verification of all the information provided by companies for the Scorecard.
  • While the Scorecard is largely informed by verifiable data and publicly available information, the final scoring is necessarily determined by WWF’s assessment of a company’s intentions and actions for sustainable palm oil.
  • WWF values transparency, and for most questions, more points were awarded if a company made public its commitments and actions.

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