By sharing information about our suppliers and the mills that process the products we buy, we are making a real step change towards greater transparency in the industry. We strongly believe that being open and transparent is key to achieving a fully traceable supply chain – a goal we set ourselves back in 2013 when we first launched our Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Policy and which we have been pursuing ever since.
Not only does it give us better visibility of where our palm oil comes from, it also enables us to more proactively identify issues, and address them quickly and effectively. And, as a result of this data being available we are making it much easier for others to bring demonstrable challenges and insights to our attention. This in turn enables us to investigate and work to remedy the issues alongside suppliers, NGO partners, governments and other stakeholders.
“A lot of people think if you outsource your value chain you can outsource your responsibilities. I don’t think so.” said CEO Paul Polman at a panel at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos. “We need to be at the forefront of change. This is why Unilever is committed to greater transparency and continue to work with our partners to drive positive change in the palm oil industry.”