Unilever is one of the largest buyers of palm oil, using around 3% of the world's volume. We use it to make products such as shampoo, margarine and soap.
View the video (to the right) from 2012, when it was announced we would hit our target three years ahead of schedule.
Forest conservation standards
A major stumbling block remains the lack of consensus and agreement on a globally accepted, and scientifically robust, forest conservation standard.
A panel of internationally renowned, independent scientists is being assembled for this purpose. Other key stakeholders, including NGOs like Greenpeace and WWF, and industry bodies such as the RSPO, are also being invited to participate as observers. A proper governance structure is being put in place to safeguard the integrity of the process.
This is about validating, not weakening, current standards which drive change that is good for forests, orangutans and for local communities.
Whilst the review is being undertaken, we believe that commitments must be made by all participating companies to halt forest clearance of potentially high conservation areas. In the absence of an agreed forest conservation standard, these growers must demonstrate that they will meet the RSPO’s New Planting Procedure, make this transparent and adhere to the principle of not planting afresh on peat lands.