Sourcing Palm Oil

2012 Corporate Responsibility Report

Sourcing Palm Oil Our concern for the sustainability of our ingredients does not end with our selection of plant-based materials. As palm oil is a significant feedstock in our cleaners, laundry detergents and personal care products, ensuring that we source this material responsibly is a high priority. Increased global demand for palm oil has led to the rapid conversion of high conservation value forests into palm oil plantations. This has had a devastating effect on local communities and habitats in Malaysia and Indonesia — with orangutans the most publicized victims. As members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a global alliance that is moving the palm oil industry toward sustainable practices, we are supporting a global palm oil supply solution. To address the social and ecological consequences of our own use of palm oil, we have purchased sustainable palm oil offset credits for all the palm oil we have used since 2009. In 2012, we introduced the first line of Bar Soap formulated with segregated sustainable palm oil and bearing the RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil Seal. This gives our consumers the assurance that the palm oil’s harvest and production followed social and environmental safeguards. “Our goal of using segregated, certified palm oil — instead of palm oil credits — for all of our palm kernel oil by 2014 now seems infeasible,” explains Reed Doyle, Director of Corporate Consciousness. “We are stepping back to try to understand the true cost of our consumption and how we can make a difference. If you picture 600 trucks full of palm oil loading their goods into one tanker where sustainable and unsustainable palm oil streams are comingled, you start to truly understand the complexity. We have only been able to identify one company that offers fatty acids from certified palm oil — but these are not the variety we use in our products. We are now working on sustainable sourcing guidelines to promote change through that approach.” While we work for a global supply of responsibly harvested palm oil, we are deepening our palm oil initiatives through our support of the Philadelphia Zoo’s work to raise awareness and drive demand for sustainable palm oil. A leader in public education and conservation, the Philadelphia Zoo has embarked on a five-year Dr. Seuss-inspired “Unless” Campaign. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 20  Seventh Generation, Inc. | FUTURE TENSE: Corporate Consciousness Report for 2012 Nurturing Nature


2012 Corporate Responsibility Report
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