How will your organisation promote the RSPO internally and to other stakeholders?
Sustainable palm oil and its derivatives is a published material issue in Croda?s sustainability strategy. Since 2011, we have reported progress against targets that support our objective To fully support sustainable palm oil (PO) and palm kernel oil (PKO) and to keep working with the industry to secure a sustainable source of derivatives.
Our activities are discussed and shared internally through a specific internal CSR communications plan, and externally through our annual Sustainability Report, within our GRI Report and on our corporate website www.croda.com. We also respond to RSPO?s Annual Communications of Progress (ACOP) report and sit on both the RSPO Derivatives Workgroup and the UK Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil.
Where relevant, what processes is the organisation establishing to engage with interested parties, for example to resolve conflict or to use sustainably produced palm oil?
Since the start of 2012 we have conducted ongoing discussions with all of our major suppliers of PO/PKO derivatives to ask if they can offer Mass Balance, Segregated or Identity Preserved derivative material. Suppliers who cannot offer these materials are asked what their plans and timeframes are in achieving this. Suppliers that can offer such materials are engaged in further discussions, so that we can find ways of working together to obtain the CSPO derivatives we need.
As a result of this activity, our manufacturing site in Singapore, Rawcliffe Bridge UK, Mill Hall USA and Atlas Point USA are RSPO Supply Chain Certified to handle sustainable PO/PKO derivatives via Mass Balance and we are actively working on a roll-out programme for all relevant Croda sites to be certified by 2015. We can therefore already offer a wide range of products supporting Sustainable Palm.
For the very small volumes of pure PO and PKO consumed we purchase GreenPalm certificates and we are discussing with suppliers to move to Mass Balance, Segregated or Identity Preserved material.
We are continuing to provide data to our customers on equivalent volumes of PO and PKO in the derivatives we use, which we have been doing since early 2011 with a methodology that aligns to those later approved by RSPO. This allows our customers to implement the GreenPalm/Book&Claim certification route for their finished/consumer products.
Where relevant, how will your organisation work towards implementing the RSPO Principles and Criteria or assessing supplier performance against these criteria?
We have a senior internal CSPO Working Group that is dedicated to meeting our targets and palm oil objective, members of which will continue to sit on the RSPO Derivatives Workgroup and the UK Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil.
We will continue to publish progress through our reporting framework both in our printed documents and online, which will include RSPO?s ACOP.
Discussions will continue with our suppliers to obtain sustainable CSPO and derivatives and we will continue to support our customers as they work towards certifying their finished/consumer products.
Any other information that would support the application such as what your organisation hopes to gain from joining RSPO and how it would support RSPO?
As outlined, we are committed to the RSPO Principles and Criteria, which is evident in our proactive programme, our progress to date and our published objective in this area.
We have a very extensive sustainability strategy, where CSPO is a key part of our Product Design material area. The responsible sourcing of raw materials is a top priority for us, it is part of our heritage and we hold a unique position within our industry by having c.70% of our raw materials derived from renewable sources. It will remain central to our future success, as we position ourselves as innovators for a sustainable future.