Judith Batchelar: Sainsbury’s awarded top marks by WWF’s Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard

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Sourcing with integrity is one of the five core values that our business is built around. We know that customers not only want great value for money, but great values behind their products too and they put their trust in us to act responsibly. This is why we’re working hard to set the highest standards for sourcing products and materials not only in the UK, but around the world.

Palm oil is one of the materials included within this focus as, if poorly managed, its cultivation in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia can lead to deforestation and have a significant impact on biodiversity. As such, we’re delighted to have received the highest possible score from the WWF’s Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard, reflecting our ongoing commitment to sourcing the oil sustainably.

The report, which has been issued today, has highlighted Sainsbury’s as one of the retailers ‘leading the way’ on progress on the essential actions to source sustainable palm oil, calling upon other companies to take similar steps.

Thanks to our commitment, by the end of 2015 98% of the palm oil used in our own brand products was certified sustainable, used across more than 1,500 of our products from biscuits to pies.

We’ve also been able to achieve a leading market position across non-food health and beauty and household products.  Our by Sainsbury’s lemon washing up liquid, for example, was a UK supermarket first in terms of using certified sustainable (mass balance) palm oil.

Of course, while we’re keen to celebrate our success, we know there is still work to be done and – as outlined in our Sustainability Plan – we are committed to ensuring that all of our palm oil is sourced sustainably and that our own brand products are not contributing to global deforestation by 2020.  We’ll continue to keep you posted on our progress on this, as well as our other commitments, in the regular updates on our plan, the latest of which can be viewed here.

To view the full report by the WWF, click here.