Unilever buys first batch of sustainable soy oil certificates

Unilever purchased sustainable soy oils marking the next steps in our commitment to sustainable sourcing of agricultural raw materials.

Round Table on Responsible Soy certification

Unilever’s purchase of some of the first available certificates for sustainable soy marks a small but important step towards achieving our goal of 100% sustainable sourcing of agricultural raw materials – including soy - by 2020.  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.

As a founding member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), Unilever is a keen supporter of the recently introduced RTRS certification scheme and is encouraging farmers to align their agricultural practices with RTRS criteria. At the moment only one company has received certification. Global production of soy oil is around 40 million tonnes and Unilever buys around 1%. 

Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Unilever 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 RTRS and Unilever.”

“We can’t change agricultural practices across the world overnight, but by working closely with others – suppliers, farmers, NGOs and other businesses – we can begin to precipitate change.”

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