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Seppic committed to sustainable palm oil

Seppic is committed to designing specialty ingredients that reduce the impact on deforestation, biodiversity, and climate change. 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.

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 at least a Book & Claim certification) and physically certified by 2025 (covered by at least 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 Seppic 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).

Concrete achievements

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 the new industrial site, in United States, will planned in 2019.

The sale of Mass Balance certified ingredients began in 2015 and today Seppic has 34 Mass Balance certified ingredients. The number is rising steadily, with the first two ingredients being certified Mass Balance in 2015.

100% of palm-based inputs in BiotechMarine site are Mass Balance certified. More generally for Seppic in 2018, 64% of palm inputs are physically certified (calculated in palm equivalent).

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, since 2017,191 employees have received information on the palm oil supply chain and its responsible use.