WhiteWave Foods (NYSE: WWAV), the company that makes Silk®, Horizon Organic®, International Delight®, and LAND O LAKES®*, today announced that all products in its portfolio containing palm oil are now sourced according to rules set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Palm oil currently is used in a variety of liquid creamer products.
In 2010, WhiteWave became a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil, an international multi-stakeholder organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development of palm oil. As part of its RSPO membership, the company then committed to supporting sustainable palm oil through Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) purchases by 2015. CSPO is palm oil grown, processed and manufactured in accordance with the Principles & Criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
“WhiteWave is proud to source palm oil from suppliers that adhere to the RSPO principles, which ensure the rainforest and its inhabitants are protected and that workers are treated fairly and receive fair wages,” said Ron Schnur, vice president of procurement and contract manufacturing at WhiteWave Foods. “This is one step towards solving a complex issue, and we urge other manufacturers to make this commitment which will eventually enhance traceability within the supply chain.”
In order to be considered certified sustainable, palm oil must meet eight principles and 39 practical criteria of sustainable production. These principles and criteria are designed to prevent undue environmental and societal harm.“The progress from WhiteWave Foods in converting a verbal commitment to a tangible delivery to ensure that all palm oil used in its products is fully sourced according to rules set by the RSPO deserves praise,” said Darrel Webber, secretary general of the RSPO. “Consumers in the United States of America, and all around the world, are becoming increasingly discerning in their responsible buying decisions. More awareness will be gained as more companies commit to responsible sourcing of sustainable palm oil.”