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Membership No.





Palm Oil Processors and/or Traders


United States

Member since

11 September 2014

Univar Inc.

Univar is a leading global distributor of chemistry and related innovative products and services. We safely deliver chemistry (products, expertise, and relationships) that helps our customers improve the quality of life through: Affordable energy: We help energy companies get natural gas and oil from the ground and to your home for heating. Univar serves the Oil & Gas industry end to end with a comprehensive set of chemistry products and services. Clean drinking water: Univar provides chemistry to the water treatment industry such as disinfectants to remove bacteria, Flouride to prevent tooth decay, Aluminum Sulfate to prevent cloudiness and improve taste, and Polyphosphate to remove lead. Reliable food sources: Univar provides crop protection and micronutrient products and services to help enhance farmer productivity. We also provide healthy and great tasting food ingredients to food companies, as well as clean and disinfect products to food producers and restaurants. In sum, we help the food industry from the farm to your table to make sure food is plentiful, great tasting, healthy and safe. Products that improve our health, homes and environment: From the Glycerine in your toothpaste to the Surfactants in your shampoo, Univar helps you start your day fresh and clean. Univar ingredients also help brighten your laundry, clean your kitchen, and sanitize your hands. Univar = Chemistry Delivered
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Organisation's Commitments Toward Sustainability

  • How will your organisation promote the RSPO internally and to other stakeholders?
    Univar utilizes an intranet system called ?Universe? for many items of global interest that we would want shared within our organization. Since the advent of this system, It?s proven itself to be a great way to introduce and/or reinforce messages to a broad internal audience. Additionally, Univar is a subscriber to Salesforce.com, which is not only a powerful CRM tool, but also a great tool to use for communicating internally through its ?Daily Chatter Digest.? For other stakeholders such as suppliers and customers who are either supplying or buying palm oil derivative products, the promotion of our membership in RSPO would be a selling point and thus an activity for us to engage.
  • 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?
    For Univar, this would be an example where personnel from our Food business Unit, or our Personal Care business unit, would engage with their customers who?re buying palm oil and to ask them how they are being sourced, how and why they make their purchasing decisions, etc. Even though Univar is not a marketer of palm oil to such customers, we all have a responsible and vested interest in helping the industry source responsibly. Such back and forth dialogue is always valuable to business relationships.
  • Where relevant, how will your organisation work towards implementing the RSPO Principles and Criteria or assessing supplier performance against these criteria?
    As a Buyer of products derived from palm oil, Univar?s ability to influence implementation of RSPO Principles and Criteria rests in our ability to properly vet out and monitor our oleo chemical suppliers and to insure they are following the ?8 Principles for Growers to be RSPO Certified? in how they conduct their ongoing sourcing of raw materials. Besides regular dialogue with our suppliers, we also regularly visit them in key producing areas such as in Indonesia and Malaysia and have face-to-face meetings with them at their plant facilities. Such visits help to insure ongoing compliance. On the customer side there are many, particularly the global players in food manufacturing as example, who are well versed and knowledgeable about who RSPO is and the organization?s mission. On the other hand, there are other less knowledgeable customers whom we can help to teach and influence to direct their raw material spends towards products coming from RSPO certified sources.
  • 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?
    Univar is a leading member of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD). Besides being excellent stewardship organizations to our industry, they both produce excellent training and awareness programs that help to promote the chemical industry in all aspects whether it be safety, public outreach, market development, etc. These groups also work hard to enhance overall public perception about this most essential global industry. For more details about ACC and NACD, please see:

    Here following is a link to the ACC?s Responsible Care section of their website:

    Here following is a link to the NACD?s Responsible Distribution section of their website:

    Here following is a link to Univar?s Press Release dated December 9, 2013 naming Univar?s Terry Hill, Executive VP of Industry Relations, to the Board of NACD as a Director-at-Large.
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