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Membership No.





Palm Oil Processors and/or Traders


United States

Member since

29 August 2011

Stepan Company


Stepan Company is a global manufacturer of specialty and intermediate chemicals used in consumer products and industrial applications. Stepan is a leading merchant producer of surfactants, which are the key ingredients in consumer and industrial cleaning compounds. Manufacturers of detergents, shampoos, lotions, toothpastes and cosmetics depend on surfactants to achieve the foaming and cleaning qualities of their products. Other applications include lubricating ingredients and emulsifiers for spreading of agricultural products. Stepan produces biocidal quaternary compounds as well. The company is also a principal supplier of phthalicanhydride, a commodity chemical intermediate used in polyester resins, alkyd resins and plasticizers. Stepan sells polyurethane polyols and foam systems into the expanding thermal insulation market primarily used by construction and refrigeration industries.The Mission of Stepan Company is to meet the requirements of all our stakeholders - customers, stockholders, employees and the communities in which we operate. With a keen focus on our customers, we will drive growth, deliver innovation and achieve a strong return for our shareholders by becoming the leading manufacturer of surfactants and polyester polyols in the world and a leading supplier of chemical specialties.Stepan is committed to operate in a safe and sustainable manner, and to work consistently to reduce our environmental footprint. The company strives to manufacture products in a way that will minimize the materials taken from and the waste returned to the environment, as well as toreduce the amount of the energy used in operations. Stepan will work closely with customers and supply partners to maintain and further continuous commitment to sustainability. Membership in RSPO provides another avenue in furtherance of these goals, in particular through engagement with like-minded supply chain partners.

ACOP Report Submissions

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    2012/2013 STEPAN COMPANY.pdf 21.8 KB

    Organisation's Commitments Toward Sustainability

  • How will your organisation promote the RSPO internally and to other stakeholders?
    Stepan Company will develop a communications plan to inform employees, suppliers, customers
    and other stakeholders of its membership in RSPO. Stepan will follow the criteria for proper messaging of RSPO membership status and use of logos.
  • 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?
    Stepan will
    seek opportunities to advance the P&C of RSPO through engagement with the company's customers and suppliers who are likewise RSPO members. Stepan will work to understand and communicate the availability of sustainable palm products, in particular, palm kernel oil
    derivatives for use in the production of the company's surfactants. Stepan will work to position itself as a preferred source for surfactants containing sustainable palm oil derivatives.
  • Where relevant, how will your organisation work towards implementing the RSPO Principles and Criteria or assessing supplier performance against these criteria?
    Stepan views RSPO membership as an integral part of Stepan's Sustainability Program. Stepan will continue to engage with our supply partners and customers on the current realities and future associated with
    sustainable palm procurement. In turn, we will assess our own procurement strategy and its alignment with market demand and responsiveness to our customer requirements.
  • 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 the RSPO seeks
    to establish sustainable supply chains, end-to-end participation, that is membership from companies representing all steps from tree to store shelf, is essential. Stepan Company plays a role in the supply chain consuming palm kernel oil derivatives for surfactants used in a wide
    range of consumer cleaning products, personal care products and industrial applications. As a manufacturer of these materials in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America, Stepan can be a valuable additional member to the RSPO community.
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