Oleon wants to address effectively the ongoing challenges linked to the use of palm oil. In collaboration with our shareholder the Avril Group and Earthworm Foundation, we developed a dedicated Sustainable Palm Policy. Our ambition is to obtain palm oil from suppliers who can prove that its cultivation does not contribute to the destruction of forests and peatlands, and respects the rights of workers and local communities.
Member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2007
For more info on RSPO and RSPO certification, please visit www.rspo.org
100% of our palm oil volumes must be covered by sustainability initiatives, in order of priority:
Oleon offers RSPO Mass Balance certified products and RSPO Segregated certified products.
For Avril’s palm policy, please click here
For Avril’s palm policy progress report, please click here
Oleon is building a fully traceable and transparent supply chain for our palm oil and palm derivatives. Oleon has achieved following traceability to the mill:
- 100% of palm oils volumes since 2017.
- 70% of palm derivatives volumes in 2018.
A consolidated mill list for 2018 can be found here.
In 2019 Oleon started supporting two projects focusing on sustainable palm production by local farmers: the Landscape project in Indonesia in collaboration with NGO Earthworm Foundation and the Mariposa project in Honduras in collaboration with one of our palm oil suppliers.
In 2017, Earthworm Foundation launched the Landscape project in Indonesia. The Landscape project is located in Sumatra where the last rainforest housing endangered animal species such as the elephant, orangutan, rhinoceros and tiger is located. The project focuses on three topics:
1. Integrated spatial planning and land use: Help to build the capacity of the local government to conduct spatial planning and district development processes that are inclusive and driven by data.
2. NDPE socialization and training: Help building understanding among mills and plantations about the business case for sustainability and good social and labor practices. Through an intensive series of workshops and training, the project socializes the concept of NDPE (No Deforestation, Peat, Exploitation), guide companies through a self-assessment process of their own operations using tracking tools, and build their capacity to close gaps in order to protect forests and respect both workers and communities.
3. Supporting communities to develop sustainable livelihoods: Help villages map and define their land use in accordance with their own aspirations. This is designed to help villagers build sustainable sources of income that, when combined with land use plans and education, can alleviate pressures on the forest.
Starling satellite monitoring of Aceh Tamiang in Q2 2019 revealed a 95% drop in deforestation when compared with 2018, and a 96% drop compared with 2017.
The Avril Group participates in this project since 2019. In September, Annie Lim, senior buyer Oleon and Marjan Maes, CSR manager Oleon went to Indonesia to see the result of this project with their own eyes.
Oleon will work with one of its palm oil suppliers on the Mariposa project in Honduras. The Mariposa project is a crowdfunding initiative where customers of mentioned supplier can donate €1 per ton purchased palm oil. The goal of this initiative is to help the palm oil sector in South-America advance towards more sustainable practices where both people and nature are better protected. The project will finance a 3-year training program for local farmer with the prospect to train 1800 farmers of which 900 will have become RSPO certified. Oleon wants to be a part of this project because the palm oil production in South-America is growing strongly and so is Oleon’s purchased palm oil volume from that area. Oleon will be the first oleochemical company to participate in this project.