WhiteWave sources it palm oil using the “ mass balance” system established by the RSPO. In this system, palm users purchase certified palm products, which are then mixed with conventional palm products in the supply chain. The company is currently sourcing 100% of its palm oil for liquid creamer products through the mass balance system.“Purchasing CSPO through the mass balance system provides an important mechanism to increase demand for CSPO and support the transition to fully segregated CSPO markets in the future,” said John Buchanan, senior director of food security at Conservation International. “Conservation International applauds WhiteWave’s actions and hopes that other companies will follow this example.” WhiteWave also launched Responsible Sourcing Principles, which are designed to provide guidance for the sourcing of ingredients and materials. The Responsible Sourcing Principles are currently being implemented across the company’s North American brands, including Silk, International Delight, Horizon Organic and LAND O LAKES, and include the following three tenets:
- Transparency, including providing consumers with information about where WhiteWave ingredients come from and how the company’s products are made. This also includes ensuring suppliers, employees and other stakeholders have a clear and straightforward understanding of WhiteWave sourcing practices.
- Continuous Improvement, which focuses on regularly evaluating how ingredients and products are sourced to seek and create opportunities for transparency and more responsible sourcing practices.
- Engaging as Leaders, which takes a holistic approach to business rooted in supplier outreach, customer engagement, consumer education and innovative thinking across the organization. This component also involves a commitment to partnering with organizations that share WhiteWave’s dedication to socially and environmentally responsible sourcing practices.
ABOUT WHITEWAVE FOODSThe WhiteWave Foods Company is a leading consumer packaged food and beverage company that manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells branded Plant-based Foods and Beverages, Coffee Creamers and Beverages, and Premium Dairy products throughout North America and Europe. The Company is focused on providing consumers with innovative, great-tasting food and beverage choices that meet their increasing desires for nutritious, flavorful, convenient, and responsibly produced products. The Company’s widely-recognized, leading brands distributed in North America include Silk® Plant-based Foods and Beverages, International Delight® and LAND O LAKES® Coffee Creamers and Beverages, and Horizon Organic Premium Dairy products. Its popular European brands of Plant-based Foods and Beverages include Alpro® and Provamel.® *The LAND O LAKES brand is owned by Land O’Lakes, Inc. and is used by license.