Guidance


The scope of this KPI includes company-level activities for manufacturers that sell beauty and personal care products in the United States. Company-level activities for products sold in other regions are not to be considered. Palm oil supply includes all palm oil, palm kernel oil, and their chemically-derived ingredients purchased or produced for inclusion in your final products. 

  • Calculate B as the mass of your certified palm oil and palm oil-derived ingredient supply for your beauty and personal care products sold in the United States that was purchased through book and claim (e.g., GreenPalm), divided by the total mass of you palm oil ingredient supply for your beauty and personal care products sold in the United States, then multiply by 100.
  • Calculate C as the mass of your certified palm oil and palm oil-derived ingredient supply for your beauty and personal care products sold in the United States that is physical Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), divided by the total mass of you palm oil ingredient supply for your beauty and personal care products sold in the United States, then multiply by 100.
  • The sum of B and C must not exceed 100%.
  • For D, the sourcing of palm oil ingredient supply that did not originate from new plantations established on high carbon stock land corresponds to criterion NDF 2.1 in the RSPO Next Guidance Document (2016) and requirement 1.1 of the Palm Oil Innovation Group Charter (2013) and Verification Indicators (2016). A new plantation is one that is in its first year of commercial production but may have been planted in previous years. New plantations include expansions of existing plantations.
  • For E, the sourcing of palm oil ingredient supply that had no new developments on peatlands regardless of depth (CGF 2015)
    corresponds to criterion PT 1.1 in the RSPO Next Guidance Document (2016) and requirement 1.2 of the Palm Oil Innovation Group Charter (2013) and Verification Indicators (2016).
  • For F, the sourcing policy must include policy provisions for no use of burning in new plantings, re-plantings, or any other developments, including the management of existing plantations (CGF 2015). This corresponds to criterion NFR 1.1 in the RSPO Next Guidance Document (2016).
  • For D - G, public disclosure must have occurred within 12 months of the date you respond to this question.
  • Calculate H as the mass of your palm oil ingredient supply for your beauty and personal care products that is traceable from plantation to mill, divided by the total mass of your palm oil ingredient supply for your beauty and personal care products sold in the United States, then multiply by 100. This corresponds to criterion TR 3.1 in the RSPO Next Guidance Document (2016) and requirement 3.2 of the Palm Oil Innovation Group Charter (2013) and Verification Indicators (2016).
  • Perform these calculations using data from a 12-month period that ended within 12 months of the completion date of this
    questionnaire. 


The assessments and audits must be verifiable and must address freedom of association & collective bargaining, forced & child labor, fair income, and equality of opportunity & treatment, as outlined by the United Nations Global Compact or the International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Other standards, certifications, and tools may also be applicable. Where freedom of association & collective bargaining are restricted by law, employers can use other forms of non-union employee representation and relations.


Resources

Consumer Goods Forum Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines (CGF 2015)

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines help companies design their own policies for sourcing palm oil more sustainably and achieving deforestation reduction goals.


Palm Oil Innovation Group Charter (2013)

The Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) Charter supports the group's goals to support innovation and improvements in palm oil plantation management, create value for those using the practices outlined, and be a platform for communication for plantation managers and governments.


Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) - Certification

The RSPO certification is a seal of approval ensuring that the palm oil is traceable through the supply chain by certifying each facility that processes or uses it.  RSPO was founded on and supports principles for palm oil production including transparency, regulatory compliance, financial viability, natural resource conservation, and continuous improvement.


The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil - RSPO NEXT

The components of RSPO NEXT fall into the following categories:  no deforestation, no fire, no planting on peat, reduction of GHGs, respect for human rights, and transparency and are applicable at an organization-wide level, including investments, joint ventures, and in the organization's wider supply base.


GreenPalm - Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

The GreenPalm trading program allows companies to support RSPO growers and suppliers by allowing them to purchase book and claim certificates of RSPO to offset their use of palm and palm kernel oil.


Definitions

Chemically-derived ingredients:  Any material that originated from a chemical reaction that included palm oil or palm kernel oil as a raw material.  Examples of ingredients that may be derived from palm oil or palm kernel oil include, but are not limited to:  surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and sodium dodecyl sulphate; emulsifiers such as glyceryl stearate, steareth-20, and cetyl alcohol, as well as emollients such as palmitic acid.


Physical certified sustainable palm oil:  Palm oil certified through identity preserved, segregated, or mass balance processes.


Public disclosure:  Voluntary corporate reporting, sustainability reporting programs, or reporting as part of regulatory compliance.