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Seppic committed to sustainable palm oil

Seppic Committed to Sustainable Palm Oil

Seppic is committed to reducing its impact on forests and peats, biodiversity, and climate. We have elected to deploy the Mass Balance certification proposed by the RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil) for the use of palm oil derivatives. We have also joined the Action for Sustainable Derivatives (ASD) initiative in order to achieve higher traceability of our palm derivatives to the plantations.

A long-term commitment

Seppic has been a member of the RSPO since 2010 and supports the transition of the palm oil industry into a sustainable sector. In 2014, Seppic initiated a plan of action to ensure that 100% of its palm oil derivative sourcing be Mass Balance or a Book & Claim certified by 2020 and Mass Balance certified by 2025, in line with the commitment it made to the RSPO in 2013.

This commitment is echoed by our innovation teams. Seppic designs its new ingredients with an eco-design. Each new ingredient using palm oil or palm derivatives in its manufacturing processes must use a Mass Balance sourcing or greater traceability, thus contributing to the production of sustainable-certified palm oil.

In its operations, Seppic is committed to respecting human rights in accordance with the United Nations’ principles, respecting international labor laws of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and fully supporting the RSPO 2018 principles and criteria.

Concrete achievements

Seppic had its first Mass Balance certified ingredients in 2015. Today Seppic has 42 Mass Balance certified ingredients. This number is rising steadily.

Seppic uses palm oil derivatives in its production sites of Castres (France) and BiotechMarine (France). Both sites obtained Mass Balance certification in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Polykon Manufacturing, our new manufacturing plant in the United States that opened in 2020, is set to be certified in 2020, thus ensuring that all our production entities that use palm oil derivatives are Mass Balance certified.

100% of palm-based inputs at our BiotechMarine site are Mass Balance certified. Overall, 70.5% of palm-based inputs at Seppic were Mass Balance certified in 2019  (calculated in palm equivalent).

With regards to traceability to plantations, we were able to trace 85% of our palm derivatives through to mills and 25% through to plantations for our 2019 baseline, with the support of our partner Transitions.

Traceability through to plantations for our 2019 baseline Traceability through to plantations for our 2019 baseline

Trained teams

At each of our Mass Balance certified sites, a dedicated team — Procurement, Sourcing, or Quality Control — manages the balance of inputs and outputs of raw materials derived from Mass Balance certified palm oil to ensure a positive balance in accordance with the RSPO Mass Balance standard requirements. This system ensures that equivalent quantities of palm oil from sustainable-certified plantations enter the processing chain.

At the Seppic level, 232 employees have been trained on the palm oil supply chain and its responsible use.

Check our progress and find our ACOP (Annual Communication of Progress on RSPO) at RSPO.org.

SEPPIC SA Certificate

  • February 8, 2019
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BIOTECHMARINE Certificate

  • February 8, 2019
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