Wilmar issues plan to step up efforts to create ‘deforestation-free’ palm oil supply chain

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Wilmar International issued a joint statement with Aidenvironment and supporting consumer goods companies Unilever and Mondelez on new supplier monitoring and engagement program to step up efforts on its No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy.

The policy also intends to provide remediation for past deforestation by Wilmar’s third-party suppliers, it said in filings to SGX after the market close on Monday.

“Wilmar will be supporting efforts by Aidenvironment to develop a comprehensive oil palm supplier group mapping database under the latter’s Supplier Group Compliance Programme, which will enable land development activities of Wilmar’s suppliers to be better monitored,” Wilmar said.

Jeremy Goon, chief sustainability officer at Wilmar, said the company was “steadfast” in its NDPE policy commitment.

“This new enhanced plan is part of our sustainability strategy as we strive towards a supply chain free of deforestation and conflict,” Goon said.

Eric Wakker, co-founder of Aidenvironment Asia, said that the effort will give companies in the palm-oil supply chain better visibility on their suppliers’ operational locations and their NDPE policy compliance.

“It will also allow companies to act faster against suppliers found to be involved in deforestation and peatland development,” Wakker said in the statement.

 

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