Supporting sustainable production
In 2016, 99.8% of palm oil used globally for restaurant cooking or by our suppliers to par-fry chicken and potato products was RSPO-certified sustainable or covered by RSPO credits, the minimum level of verification currently required according to our Global Sustainable Palm Oil Policy.1 In 2017, we reached an important milestone when the U.S. – our second-largest market for palm oil – moved to 100% RSPO Mass Balance certified palm oil for all national products. This reflects our commitment to physical supply chains of certified sustainable palm oil.
Contributing to industry transformation
In 2016, we launched our Global Sustainable Palm Oil Policy, and held webinars and training sessions with all suppliers, as well as our market and product category teams that use palm oil around the world. We also selected suppliers that were best positioned to meet our future needs, in part based on their ability to show us that they can meet our sustainability expectations. In doing so, sustainability became even more integral to the way we do business.
Transparency on progress
We communicate annually through the RSPO Annual Communication of Progress and our website. We also continuously update our Sustainable Sourcing Guide, which outlines our priorities and expectations for suppliers, including for palm oil. To help inform our reporting methodology, we use the Reporting Guidance for Responsible Palm, developed by a wide range of organizations and published in 2017. It aims to provide common reporting guidance for companies throughout the supply chain, thereby increasing understanding, transparency and accountability for responsible palm oil production.