Unilever, has taken a step in its plan to move to sustainable sourcing for agricultural raw materials with the purchase of some of the first available certificates for sustainable soy.
Chief supply chain officer Pier Luigi Sigismondi said: “Certification is an essential first step towards sustainably grown soy and sourcing sustainably grown soy will help Unilever meet the environmental commitments in its Sustainable Living Plan.
“That’s why this first batch is so significant, both for the Round Table on Responsible Soy and Unilever.
Unilever has set three goals to achieve by 2020 under its Sustainable Living Plan: halve the environmental footprint of its products, help more than one billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, and source 100 per cent of its agricultural raw materials sustainably.
Unilever Brazil bought certificates that cover 5,000 tonnes of sustainable soy oil – mainly for use in North and South America and specifically in dressings and margarine products. Unilever aims to stimulate farmers to move their agricultural practices towards the RTRS criteria. At the moment only one company has received certification. Global production in soy oil is around 40 million tonnes and Unilever buys around one per cent.
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