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Cloetta Implements New Palm Oil Policy

The long-term negative effects of palm oil production is of great concern to Cloetta and we are determined to find a sustainable way forward, contributing to securing rainforests for generations to come. This means that Cloetta in its new palm oil policy declares a commitment to no deforestation by implementing new ways of working with all its suppliers of compounds containing palm oil.

Palm oil is present in small amounts in some of Cloetta’s products, but Cloetta does not buy palm oil itself but compounds that, to a varied extent, contains derivatives of palm oil. This means that Cloetta only uses less than 0.003 per cent of the global palm oil production.

All palm oil acquired (via the compounds) by Cloetta is covered by GreenPalm certificates (in accordance with the Round Table Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)). This means that for each tonne of palm oil that is used in production, Cloetta pays a premium to palm oil producers that work according to the RSPO standard. Today, the RSPO is the most widely supported method of achieving sustainable standards for palm oil production. However, Cloetta realises that this standard is not enough and will therefore continue the collaboration with RSPO to make it stronger – especially in terms of protecting the rain forests from deforestation.

In the new policy, Cloetta will go beyond the RSPO-standard which means that at the latest in 2015, Cloetta´s suppliers must have a 100 per cent traceable pipeline back to known mill. No later than 2020 the same traceability pipeline shall go back to known plantation.

Cloetta will also only buy compounds from suppliers who can certify that palm oil plantations in origin countries comply with local laws and guarantee a sustainable production according to the requirements of the new policy. No later than 2017, Cloetta´s suppliers must be able to verify that plantations operate according to the requirements of Cloetta’s policy. Cloetta will not allow palm oil development in primary Forest, Peatlands, High Conservation Value Areas, High Carbon Stock Forests and Areas where burning has been used in plantation operations.

“With this new policy, we are committing ourselves to a new way of working when it comes to compounds containing palm oil. We will work with our suppliers to make sure that they operate in a manner which is in line with our new policy. This will ensure that Cloetta contributes to the protection of rainforests,” says Thomas Wiesgickl, Director Corporate Responsibility at Cloetta.