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ADM (Archer Daniels Midland Company) is one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers. It has more than 33,000 employees serving customers in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the company’s global value chain includes more than 460 crop procurement locations, 300 ingredient manufacturing facilities, and a world-premier crop transportation network. A major focus of the company is processing cereal grains and oilseeds into products used in food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses worldwide.
As part of their TFT membership, ADM is partnering with TFT to map their global supply chains for palm oil and soy. The aim is to assess where there may be risks related to deforestation, peat destruction, or Human Rights violations. The next step is to develop pragmatic action plans to address those risks. As one of the world’s largest providers of cereals and oilseeds, this work has the potential to provide palm oil and soy free from deforestation to markets around the world. It is likely have a significant impact on practices in both Asia and Latin America.
ADM is not a grower of crops, but a significant buyer and trader. It works independently and with industry partners and other stakeholders to improve the quality of crops in the global supply chain, the lives of farmers and communities that grow them, and the environment in which they are grown. These aspirations are advanced through policies and commitments focused on palm and soy supply chains. The new commitment includes protection of High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests, protection of High Conservation Value (HCV) Areas, respect for Human Rights, including workers’ rights and the rights of indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) to operations on lands to which they hold legal or customary rights.
Asian Agri/ Apical
Asian Agri/ Apical
Asian Agri and Apical have committed to No Deforestation and no development on peatland in their palm oil supply chains. Their commitments include protection based on High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments, and respecting the rights of communities, workers and smallholder farmers in their supply chains.
Apical is one of Indonesia’s largest palm oil exporters, with extensive operations including three refineries in Indonesia. AA, Apical’s affiliate and largest supplier, produces a million tonnes of palm oil a year, with a palm oil plantation area of around 160,000 hectares, in which 60,000 hectares belong to scheme smallholders. On it own, it manages 27 palm oil plantations and 20 palm oil mills.
Groupe Auchan is the second largest food retailer in France, with more than 1,800 stores in 13 countries across Europe and Asia.
Auchan became a TFT member in 2010, initially working with us to source garden furniture timber from Perum Perhutani’s Banten forest district in Indonesia via the TFT wood control system. We have subsequently worked together to implement its forestry policy. Its commitment now applies to its full range of products, encompassing timber, palm oil, charcoal and paper, which are sourced from Europe, China and India.
Bunge Limited became a TFT member in October 2015, committing to taking further action on No Deforestation and No Exploitation in its palm oil supply chain. Bunge released a strong responsible palm oil sourcing policy in October 2014, and in September 2015 expanded its commitments to include multiple commodities, with the goal to improve the sustainability of its agricultural supply chains worldwide.
In the 12 months before becoming a TFT palm oil member in September 2014, TFT and Cargill worked together to build traceability in Cargill’s supply chain to help the company ensure that all its palm oil is from a traceable, responsible source.
Cargill’s membership of TFT supports its commitment to a deforestation-free and exploitation-free supply chain – something it announced in April 2014.
Cargill is the largest importer of palm oil into the US and owns and operates two palm plantations in Indonesia and 12 palm oil refineries worldwide. Over the past year, TFT and Cargill have mapped Cargill’s Malaysian refineries’ supply chains back to mill level. Work is now underway to map back to plantation and to do the same in Indonesia whilst working with suppliers to embed the commitments that mean conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests, High Conservation Value (HCV) lands, not planting on peat regardless of depth and making sure the rights of workers and communities in and around Cargill’s supply chain are respected.
Cargill will publish quarterly progress reports.
Cérélia is a European dough manufacturer that uses palm oil in its pastry products which are sold to food retailers in 16 countries across Europe.
Cérélia became a TFT member in February 2014. We are helping the company to map its palm oil supply chain. We are also working closely with suppliers so they understand how to meet Cerelia’s commitments, which include supporting smallholder farmers.
Colgate-Palmolive became a TFT member in 2015. It uses palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm derivatives in its products. It is committed to working to build a transparent global supply chain that is not linked to deforestation or exploitation. Founded in 1806, Colgate-Palmolive is a $17.3 billion consumer products company. It manufactures and markets oral care, personal care, home care and pet nutrition products. In total the company has more than 50 manufacturing and research facilities globally.
The Clorox Company became a TFT member in 2016. It primarily uses palm derivatives in its products, as well as a small amount of palm oil and palm kernel oil. It is committed to working to increasing transparency within the derivatives supply chain, and communicating their values of responsible sourcing upstream to the palm oil and palm kernel oil sources. Clorox aims to eliminate deforestation and exploitation from their palm oil supply chain by the end of 2020.
Founded in 1913, The Clorox Company is a $5.7 billion consumer products company. More than just bleach, Clorox manufactures and markets a variety of goods, from Burt’s Bees cosmetics, to Hidden Valley dressings, to its Green Works cleaning line. Clorox’s responsible palm oil sourcing commitment is just one way the company is focused on good growth – growth that’s profitable, consistent and achieved in a responsible way.
For the first year of Clorox membership, TFT and Clorox are focused on mapping Clorox’s palm derivatives supply to the first importer, and further upstream where possible.
“First importer” is TFT’s term for a company that purchases palm-based products from within countries of palm production (e.g. Indonesia or Malaysia), and imports the products into countries downstream in the supply chain for use by manufacturers or brands. These first importers are usually traders and/or refiners, and there are only a relative handful of companies that play this role. As such, they represent an important leverage point in the supply chain, and can provide downstream customers a significant amount of information about the source of the palm product supply.
Given the complexity of the derivatives supply chain, the first importer is an important milestone on the way to mapping to the mill or plantation level. Once Clorox has visibility into the first importers in its supply chain, they will be able to better understand not only the sources of their palm derivatives, but the policies and practices of key players who can influence how the palm is produced. TFT will help Clorox to understand these companies’ palm sourcing commitments and whether or not they are robust enough to provide Clorox assurance that their supply is actively moving towards more responsible practices.
Palm oil is an ingredient in Danone’s nutrition products, which are sold in 140 countries.
Danone became a TFT member in May 2014. TFT is supporting Danone to implement its palm oil charter, through which it has committed to sourcing traceable palm oil with no links to deforestation or exploitation. TFT is mapping Danone’s palm oil supply chain. The transparency this provides will highlight what its global suppliers need to do meet Danone’s commitment. It is fully prepared to support suppliers, but will not continue to use those who show no signs of progress where better practice is concerned.
New Zealand-based household products company ecostore became a TFT member in February 2015 and will collaborate on implementing its pledge to No Deforestation and No Exploitation in its palm oil supply chain. TFT is helping ecostore engage with its palm oil suppliers to help achieve transparency and consistency with its commitments.
The company was founded in 1993 with an ethos to create healthy household products that are safer for the environment. Its home and body products, which include everything from laundry powder to hand wash, baby moisturiser and toilet cleaner, all share a common standard that ecostore describes as containing no nasty chemicals.
Global confectioner Ferrero uses around 150,000 tonnes of palm oil each year, sourced from suppliers in Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Brazil. The company became a TFT member in November 2013 and launched its palm oil charter at the same time.
Ferrero now has 92% traceability of its supply chain based on segregated certified oil, but is pushing beyond certification in its work with TFT. The company is working to find out exactly which plantations its oil comes from and to make sure the oil is deforestation-free, supports smallholders and is grown with respect for workers and communities. We are supporting Ferrero’s suppliers to implement the charter and are encouraging suppliers to publish their own group-wide commitments.
Florin AG is Switzerland’s biggest producer and supplier of cooking oil, edible fats and margarines. It produces approximately 72,000 tons of edible oils, fats and margarines each year, supplying these to bakers, caterers and the retail industry.
Florin became a TFT member in 2012. We are working together to build traceability of its oil supply chains, including palm, sunflower, coconut and ground nut oil. Traceability is essential for gaining a clear picture of supplier practices on the ground, making sure that Florin’s oils are produced without deforestation and with protection for peatlands and vital habitats.
Japanese food manufacturer Fuji Oil Holding Inc is a TFT palm oil member, committing to buy only responsibly produced palm oil from suppliers who respect the environment and the people working and living in it. Its Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy outlines how it plans to work towards that commitment. This applies to all of its suppliers, representing all the palm, palm oil kernel (PKO) and palm-based ingredients Fuji buys, trades, processes and sells across the world.
Keep up to date with Fuji’s plam oil work by going to the TFT Transparency Hub.
Following the suspension of TFT’s work with GAR on its upstream operations on 19 May 2015, the two organisations agreed on a series of time bound conditions which would see a return to full collaboration. Regular progress updates have been posted on the GAR Sustainability Dashboard.
This document represents the final public summary of the progress that GAR and TFT have made towards the completion of the criteria. GAR’s progress and the launch of the updated and enhanced GAR Social and Environmental Policy (GSEP) has led to TFT’s re-engagement of GAR’s upstream arm. As of 30th October 2015, TFT has resumed cooperation with PT SMART Tbk.
GAR and TFT will now work together to ensure the implementation and success of the GSEP which will help to tackle the complex causes of environmental issues including fire and haze, and social issues. In line with their commitment to transparency, GAR will continue to post updates on their progress in implementing the GSEP on the GAR Sustainability Dashboard.
Groupe Rocher uses palm oil in its products in various forms, but mainly in the form of derivatives. Since 2010, Groupe Rocher took the initiative to take several important measures concerning palm oil, including participation in discussions and different certification schemes, and the organisation of workshops with all of its suppliers and competitors.
This led Groupe Rocher to join the TFT in February 2015, and to adopt a policy of palm oil supplies that are deforestation-free and exploitation-free.
To reach this target, Groupe Rocher is working with the TFT, and all its suppliers and other stakeholders on mapping and traceability of its supply chains.
Hershey’s is one of the world’s best-known chocolate brands and uses palm oil in many of its products.
Hershey’s became a TFT member in 2014, pledging No Deforestation and No Exploitation in its palm oil supply chain. We are working with Hershey’s to go beyond certification, tracing its palm oil back to mill and supporting suppliers to implement responsible practices.
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) uses palm oil in many of its personal care products. J&J became a TFT member in early 2014.
TFT supported J&J to develop its Palm Oil Sourcing Criteria, issued in May 2014. We are helping to implement an ambitious work plan to engage its top suppliers to set up sourcing systems that deliver traceable oil and meet the sourcing criteria.
As a manufacturer of shampoos, soaps and lotions, J&J sources products derived from palm oil and palm kernel oil that have been manufactured into ingredients like soap chips and noodles. These are a very small portion of J&J’s supplies, with the company tending to use emulsifiers, surfactants and conditioners (also known as palm oil derivatives) through a process of splitting and blending the palm oil at mills, refineries and very specific plants.
Many companies consider palm oil derivatives supply chains ‘too complex’ for traceable sourcing and ensuring supplies respect company values, but J&J is eager to tackle this complexity with TFT.
One of the first food retailer groups in France, E.Leclerc started its partnership with TFT in 2004 by working on tropical wood. In 2010, E.Leclerc decided to work toward reducing its impact on forests and launched the forest policy that defined objectives and action plans necessary to achieve sustainable forest sourcing. E.Leclerc has excluded non-controlled wood from sourcing and is working to build greater traceability.
Les Mousquetaires Group is a key player within the French and European retail industry.
The group’s story with TFT began in 2008 when its DIY division Bricomarché started working with us to source Vietnamese and Indonesian wood for its garden furniture, using TFT’s Wood Control System to guarantee traceability from the forest to the shop floor.
Les Mousquetaires itself became a TFT member in 2011 and today we work together on wood for its garden furniture and palm oil for its food stores. All of Les Mousquetaires’ wood is now from known, legal and responsible sources and Les Mousquetaires also works with Indonesian community forest APHERAL. For palm oil, the group is working on responsible sourcing through a pilot. Les Mousquetaires is going beyond the RSPO standard by expanding its policy to safeguard forests and peatlands.
Louis Dreyfus Company
Louis Dreyfus Company
Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) is one of the world’s leading merchants and processors of agricultural goods, with activities spanning the entire value chain from farm to fork, and active in over 100 countries. Although palm oil is a smaller part of LDC’s business, it is a key raw material and a focus of LDC’s efforts to achieve responsible sourcing.
LDC became a TFT member in September 2016, embarking on an ambitious work plan to drive good practices along our VTTV model (Values, Transparency, Transformation, and Verification).”
The first step will be to develop a palm oil policy that will build on existing commitments made by LDC.
TFT will then work together with LDC to build and maintain high levels of traceability as an important means of ensuring suppliers to LDC are on a journey to meet the standards in the palm oil policy.
Intensive on-the-ground transformative work will be carried out in the surrounding area supplying the LDC refinery in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan. In particular, TFT will use its Aggregator Refinery Transformation (ART) Plan and Landscape approach to encourage responsible palm oil through refinery suppliers and wider stakeholder engagements.
Global confectioner Mars has committed to gaining greater transparency of its palm oil supply chain in order to prevent deforestation in its operations.
Mars became a TFT member in 2014 and published its palm oil policy. It simultaneously announced a wider policy targeting pulp and paper, beef and soy as other commodities often associated with deforestation. TFT is helping Mars to build transparency in its palm oil supply chain and is supporting suppliers to understand and adhere to its policy.
TFT and Mars work hand-in-hand with suppliers in mills and plantations to implement the palm oil policy. Suppliers will be supported to understand the requirements of the policy and ensure their supply, including that from smallholders, is from a responsible, deforestation-free source.
Mars’ palm oil policy includes the protection of High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, High Conservation Value (HCV) forests and peatlands. It also pledges to protect the rights of communities and workers whilst also minimising the company’s carbon footprint.
Mars’ deforestation policy identifies pulp and paper, beef and soy as the three other commodities that pose the greatest risk of deforestation. Mars will publish individual policies and action plans on these commodities by the end of 2014, and these are likely to include working towards a 100% traceable supply where relevant, asking suppliers to publicly commit to the policies, and walking away from those who don’t.
Australian personal care and household cleaning products company Natures Organics has been in business since the 1950s and is committed to making products with the lowest possible environmental impact.
Natures Organics became a TFT palm oil member in 2014, having pledged No Deforestation and No Exploitation in its palm oil supply chain. TFT is helping Natures Organics to map its palm oil supply chain back to source, initially to achieve traceability to mills. We are working closely with all suppliers, providing necessary support to overcome any barriers to traceability. Once supply back to mills is known, further engagement within the supply chain will enable us to work back to plantation. Natures Organics will then know the source of all of its oil.
Global consumer goods company Nestlé has operations in 86 countries.
Nestlé was TFT’s first palm oil member, joining us in 2010 and committing to No Deforestation in the wake of a powerful Greenpeace campaign that linked the company to deforestation. TFT helped Nestlé develop its Responsible Sourcing Guidelines.
In 2011, Nestlé also began working with us on its pulp and paper supply chain. Today we work together across many countries, with TFT’s field teams supporting Nestlé’s global suppliers to drive standards.
Nestlé’s progress over the years has made it one of the most highly regarded companies in the fight against deforestation, with Greenpeace citing Nestlé as best practice example to others.
New Britain Palm Oil
New Britain Palm Oil
New Britain Palm Oil is a palm oil producer based in Papua New Guinea, with over 78,000 hectares of planted palm oil plantations and a further 10,000 hectares prepared for palm oil.
Since becoming a TFT member in 2013, we have worked together to define and assess High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas within the company’s concessions and trace its supply chain back to plantation. New Britain Palm Oil’s forest conservation policy recognises the needs of the communities living within its concessions, and the company is working to invest in rural areas, so communities have access to amenities like potable water, medical facilities and primary schools.
Pro Fair Trade
Pro Fair Trade
Pro Fair Trade AG imports palm, sunflower oil and coconut oil to Switzerland from south-east Asia and Africa. It became a TFT member in 2012.
TFT is helping to implement Pro Fair Trade’s palm oil sourcing policy. This involves tracing its supply chain and encouraging and supporting smallholder farmers working within it to use best practice growing methods. The aim is to protect the environment, empower smallholders and increase sustainable crop yields.
Multinational consumer goods company PZ Cussons became a TFT member in August 2014, pledging its commitment to No Deforestation and No Exploitation throughout its palm oil supply chain.
PZ Cussons wants to know where its palm oil comes from. To make this happen, TFT is working closely with PZ Cussons’ suppliers, as well as its joint-venture operations in Africa. This will help to trace its supply chain, as well as assess where support is needed to implement its palm oil policy. The next phase will be agreeing a timeframe with suppliers to ensure they can meet PZ Cussons’ commitments.
Reckitt Benckiser (RB) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of branded health, hygiene and home products. RB became a TFT member in 2013.
We are working together to build transparency in RB’s palm oil supply chain and to fully engage its suppliers with RB’s Standard on Responsible Sourcing of Natural Raw Materials. The Standard aims to drive action beyond certification, including respecting human rights, safeguarding health and safety and ensuring all RB’s palm oil is not linked to deforestation. TFT has supported RB to trace all of its major palm oil suppliers. Our next step is to obtain mill-level information for palm and palm kernel oil sources.
A major food retail group in France, Système U’s brands include household names like Hyper U, Super U, Marché U and U Express.
Système U became a TFT member in 2011 and works with us today on palm oil, paper, wood and charcoal. The goal is for Système U to get to know its supply chain as much as possible by implementing different action plans such as supply chain mapping. It has also begun working toward sustainable soy sourcing.
Vandemoortele is a margarine and fat manufacturer which operates in 12 countries across Europe. It imports palm oil from south east Asia then supplies to many household name food brands throughout Europe.
TFT is working with Vandemoortele’s suppliers in order to better understand it supply chain. The aim is to trace all of its palm oil back to a source that respects the environment and the people living in it. TFT will work out in the field, helping Vandemoortele to report on the progress made in implementing its No Deforestation policy.
Wilmar is the world’s biggest palm oil producer, controlling 45% of the world’s trade. Prior to becoming a TFT member in December 2013, NGOs had campaigned against Wilmar for its role in destroying Indonesian rainforests.
TFT helped Wilmar to shape a new policy committing to No Deforestation, No Exploitation and No Peat in its plantations and third party suppliers. TFT now helps implement that policy. Wilmar published its first progress report in early 2014, showing the work it had done with TFT to engage with suppliers, smallholder farmers, NGOs and communities.
Wilmar has worked with us to develop an online dashboard showing its activity transparently. In January 2015 Wilmar became the first palm oil company to open up its supply chain to scrutiny when as a result of the mapping work we are doing it listed details of all its Indonesian and Malaysian supplier mills.