Palm oil is used as an ingredient in the manufacture of many food products © Neil Turner

Palm oil is used as an ingredient in the manufacture of many food products © Neil Turner

Manufacturers use refined palm oil to produce many different products, ranging from food to cosmetics. Manufacturers must create the demand for sustainable palm oil by putting pressure on the refineries that supply them, as well as by engaging with retailers to improve transparency in the supply chain. It is hoped that positive engagement by manufacturers with their supply chains will eventually lead to sourcing of CSPO becoming the norm.
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Sainsbury's 2020 Sustainability Plan commits them to sourcing key raw materials sustainably and ensuring their own brand products don’t contribute to global deforestation © Alexander P Kapp under the Creative Commons Licence

Sainsbury’s store in UK © Alexander P Kapp 

Retailers source and sell consumer goods to customers through multiple channels of distribution. Retailers are the vital link between consumers and product supply chains. As such, they are in a unique position to influence both consumer behaviour at one end of the supply chain and production practices at the other. Communicating a clear message on palm oil to consumers is vital.
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Consumer shopping in a supermarket © Anthony Albright

Consumer shopping in a supermarket © Anthony Albright

Consumers purchase goods sold by retailers for personal use. By making informed choices, consumers can bring about positive change throughout the palm oil supply chain, from more sustainable practices in oil palm plantations to more transparent labelling of products in shops and supermarkets.
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World map showing biodiversity hotspots and areas of biofuel crop cultivation by UNEP/GRID-Arendal

World map showing biodiversity hotspots and areas of biofuel crop cultivation by UNEP/GRID-Arendal

Biofuels are a new generation of fuels that derive their energy from the carbon fixed in vegetation and algae. Palm oil biodiesel offers an alternative source of energy that can reduce current dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels and may reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As the demand for clean energy grows, some energy companies are now increasing production of biofuels made from vegetable oils, including palm oil.
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