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Seppic committed to sustainable palm oil

Seppic is committed to reduce its impact on forests and peats, biodiversity, and climate. We have chosen 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 to achieve a higher traceability of our palm derivatives back to the plantations.

A commitment on the long term

Seppic has been a member of the RSPO since 2010 and supports the transformation of the palm oil industry into a sustainable one. In 2014, Seppic initiated an action plan to ensure that 100% of the sourcing of palm oil derivatives, used in the manufacture of ingredients, to be certified by 2020 (covered by a Mass Balance or a Book & Claim certification) and physically certified by 2025 (covered by a Mass Balance certification), in line with the commitment it made to the RSPO in 2013.

This commitment translates into Seppic’s innovation. Seppic designs its new ingredients with an eco-design approach including many criteria. Each new ingredient using palm oil or palm derivatives in its production processes must use a Mass Balance sourcing or a more advanced traceability, thus contributing to the production of sustainable certified palm oil.

Seppic, in its operations, is committed to the respect of human rights in accordance with the United Nations’s principles as well as the respect of the international labour law rules of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and fully supports 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 French production sites of Castres and BiotechMarine. Both sites have obtained Mass Balance certification, in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The certification of Polykon Manufacturing, our new manufacturing plant  in the United States to open in 2020, is planned for 2020, thus ensuring that all our production entities using palm are MB certified.

100% of palm-based inputs in BiotechMarine site are Mass Balance certified. More generally, in 2019, 69% of palm-based inputs in Seppic were Mass Balance certified  (calculated in palm equivalent).

Regarding traceability back to plantations, in 2019, we have been able to trace 83% of our palm derivatives up to the mills and 25% up to the plantations for our 2018 baseline, with the support of our partner Transitions.

Trained teams

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

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

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