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Palm Oil Sourcing Policies

What's the company's UCS total score regarding its commitment to responsible sourcing policies?
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Groupe Danone+image
Groupe Danone
France
20
/20 2016
Nestlé+image
Nestlé
Switzerland
10.5
/20 2015
Avon+image
Avon
Belgium
10
/20 2015
L'Oreal Group+image
L'Oreal Group
10
/20 2015
H. J. Heinz Company+image
H. J. Heinz Company
Pennsylvania (United States)
9.9
/20 2015
Kellogg Co.+image
Kellogg Co.
Michigan (United States)
8.5
/20 2015
Unilever+image
Unilever
Netherlands
8.4
/20 2015
Beiersdorf AG+image
Beiersdorf AG
8.3
/20 2015
The Colgate-Palmolive Company+image
The Colgate-Palmolive Company
Switzerland
8
/20 2015
Kao Corporation+image
Kao Corporation
6.8
/20 2015
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA+image
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
6.3
/20 2015
McDonald's Corporation+image
McDonald's Corporation
4.4
/20 2015
Procter & Gamble Co.+image
Procter & Gamble Co.
Ohio (United States)
4.2
/20 2015
ConAgra Foods+image
ConAgra Foods
Nebraska (United States)
4.1
/20 2015
Estee Lauder Companies Inc.+image
Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
New York (United States)
3.3
/20 2015
General Mills Inc.+image
General Mills Inc.
Minnesota (United States)
2.8
/20 2015
Reckitt Benckiser+image
Reckitt Benckiser
United Kingdom
2.3
/20 2015
Safeway Inc.+image
Safeway Inc.
California (United States)
2.1
/20 2015
Mondelez International+image
Mondelez International
United Kingdom
1.8
/20 2015
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.+image
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Arkansas (United States)
0.8
/20 2015

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About

Palm oil is a globally traded commodity used in a wide array of common consumer products, from shampoo to cookies. And much of this palm oil is produced in ways that involve the destruction of tropical forests and peatlands, adding to global warming emissions and reducing habitat for many already threatened species.

The good news is that palm oil can be produced without deforestation—and many companies have begun to make public commitments to use deforestation-free palm oil in their products.

The bad news is that too many companies are lagging behind, with weak commitments or none at all. UCS is asking consumers to tell these companies that deforestation is an unacceptable ingredient in their products.

In 2014 UCS released the first edition of our Palm Oil Scorecard. The scorecard evaluated 30 companies that produce major brands across the packaged food, fast food, and personal care product sectors for their commitments to use deforestation-free palm oil.

For 2015 UCS produced a new edition of the scorecard, recalculating each company's score to account for their progress (or lack thereof) during 2014. UCS also added a new sector to the mix, scoring the store brands of 10 retail stores (including supermarket, pharmacy, and discount stores) for the first time. 

(Source: UCS Palm Oil Scorecard 2015: Fries, Face Wash, Forests)

Methodology

Current sourcing scores were determined by an averaged percentage of palm fruit oil, palm kernel oil, and palm oil derivatives a company is currently buying which is either:

  • deforestation- and peat-free;
  • CSPO or sustainable palm oil.

Different forms of palm oil were given different weight:

  • Deforestation- and peat-free palm oil was given full weight.
  • Physically sourced CSPO or sustainable palm fruit oil, CSPO or sustainable palm kernel oil (physical or GreenPalm), and CSPO or sustainable palm derivatives (physical or GreenPalm) were weighted at 0.5.
  • CSPO palm fruit oil sourced through GreenPalm (PFOGP) was given a weighting of 0.25.

The following equation was used to determine each companies score for this criterion:

UCS equation


UCS legend

(Source: UCS Palmoil Scorecard Methodology)

 

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