Procurement and sustainable sourcing
We have an important role to play in trading responsibly, with honesty and integrity at all times. We therefore want to ensure that organisations we deal with, our suppliers and their representatives, share this responsibility and live up to our values and standards. From sourcing raw materials to delivering safe products to customers, we are committed to responsible stewardship at every stage, meeting all relevant legislation and registrations.
Supplier engagement and monitoring
We partner with EcoVadis, the world’s most trusted business sustainability ratings. We use its universal scorecard, benchmarks and performance improvement tools across four areas: environment, labour and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement.
Alongside our own work with suppliers, we look for third party certifications to validate the sustainability credentials of suppliers and their raw materials. These include International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), USDA BioPreferred®*, Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) and Sustainable Castor Oil Association (SuCCESS). *USDA BioPreferred is a registered trademark of the US department of Agriculture
As part of our commitment to responsible and ethical trading, we developed a Supplier Code of Conduct, which outlines our sustainability commitments and key principles for suppliers to do business with us. The Code covers:
|Sustainability||Legal Requirements||Conflict of Interest||Human Rights|
|Health and Safety||Environmental Management||Bribery and Corruption||Conflict Minerals|
Sustainable palm derivatives
We are a founder member of Action for Sustainable Derivatives (ASD), a collaborative initiative that promotes responsible sourcing. This has accelerated the transformation of the palm derivatives industry towards compliance with No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) principles. We work with the consultancy Transitions to carry out supplier investigations to ensure compliance.
Our palm oil supply chain
Supply chain mapping in 2020 covered 96.8% of total volumes of palm-based raw materials, and suppliers responded to upstream transparency investigations representing 99.31% of the palm feedstock volume equivalent. Supply chain transparency was achieved for:
- 94% of volume to refineries
- 90% of volume to mills
- 27% of volume to plantations
More than 98% of traceable volumes originate from Indonesia (46%), Malaysia (51%) and Thailand (1.2%) with 1,025 mills representing 90% of traceable volumes.
We have made a commitment for our use of bio-based organic raw materials to reach 75% by 2030, three times that of the European Chemical Industry target of 25%.
In order to accelerate our transition to bio-based products, we are keen to collaborate with suppliers or technology providers to find innovative, sustainable solutions.
These could include:
- Biobased alternatives to high volume petrochemical materials
- Novel feedstocks made from CO2 captured from the atmosphere and transformed into building blocks
- Recycled or regenerated materials from waste streams
Exploring these types of feedstocks is integral to Our Commitment and becoming Climate Positive. If you are a supplier or technology provider who can help, please get in touch below.