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WWF Palm Oil Score Card

WWF has produced a 'Scorecard' assessment of the palm oil purchasing practices of major European companies that produce or sell everyday consumer products. Companies were scored on their palm oil sustainability practices in a two-step process. First, WWF evaluated company performance based on publicly available data in relation to the following four questions:

  • Is the company an active member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)?
  • Does the company have a policy on the responsible use of palm oil?
  • Does the company have a public, time-bound, targeted plan which includes a commitment to source only CSPO, with systems in place to ensure that this goal is met?
  • Does the company use CSPO at the time of the assessment or has it used equivalents in the past?

Secondly, draft scores were sent to the companies. Companies were then given the opportunity to send WWF further information. A final set of scores was tallied based on the additional information received and each company was informed of its final score before the Scorecard was made public. The top ten (i.e. most responsible) on the Scorecard list were: Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Migros, Young's/Findus, Unilever, Cadbury, The Body Shop, L'Oreal, Asda and Coop Switzerland. Number 11 was United Biscuits, who have just announced a deal to buy segregated sustainable palm oil from New Britain Palm Oil Ltd.

WWF has produced a 'Scorecard' assessment of the palm oil purchasing practices of major European companies that produce or sell everyday consumer products. Companies were scored on their palm oil sustainability practices in a two-step process. First, WWF evaluated company performance based on publicly available data in relation to the following four questions:

  • Is the company an active member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)?
  • Does the company have a policy on the responsible use of palm oil?
  • Does the company have a public, time-bound, targeted plan which includes a commitment to source only CSPO, with systems in place to ensure that this goal is met?
  • Does the company use CSPO at the time of the assessment or has it used equivalents in the past?

Secondly, draft scores were sent to the companies. Companies were then given the opportunity to send WWF further information. A final set of scores was tallied based on the additional information received and each company was informed of its final score before the Scorecard was made public. The top ten (i.e. most responsible) on the Scorecard list were: Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Migros, Young's/Findus, Unilever, Cadbury, The Body Shop, L'Oreal, Asda and Coop Switzerland. Number 11 was United Biscuits, who have just announced a deal to buy segregated sustainable palm oil from New Britain Palm Oil Ltd.

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