By Business Wire, September 25, 2013, 02:37:00 PM EDT
Company Exceeds Goal of Purchasing Certified Sustainable Palm Oil by
2015 and Launches New Responsible Sourcing Principles
BROOMFIELD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Foods (NYSE:WWAV), the company that makes Silk®, Horizon
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
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
"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.
WhiteWave's commitment to source CSPO is the next step in a series of
responsibly sourced practices WhiteWave has implemented over the years.
ABOUT WHITEWAVE FOODS
The 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
Source: WhiteWave Foods