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Aerial view of a palm oil plantation

Palm oil

Palm oil is the most land-efficient oil crop and is also highly versatile, which is why you can find it in a wide range of Unilever products from snacks to soap.

We take a holistic approach to ensuring the palm oil we buy is free from deforestation, working with suppliers at all levels of the value chain to help build the supply of deforestation-free palm oil.

We also continue to be one of the largest buyers of physically certified palm oil and independent smallholder credits from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The key to our strategy is bringing people with us, particularly independent smallholders.

We are going beyond certification, investing in innovative technology, training, landscape initiatives and infrastructure to transform our supply chain and the wider industry. And we have also reduced the number of mills we buy from to fewer than 500 and moved to lower-risk locations; creating a simpler supply chain means we can manage it better and have deeper engagement with our partners.

At the end of 2023, 97.1% of the palm oil we bought was independently verified as deforestation and conversion-free.

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