Palm Oil is by far the largest edible oil crop on our planet and at the same time it returns the highest yield per cultivated hectare. During the last 70 years our world added 1 billion of people every 14 years. Since Palm Oil is nowadays grown on an area smaller than arable land dedicated worldwide to sunflower seeds crop or even 7 times smaller than acreage harvested for soybeans, being, at the same time, the production of oil bigger than the sum of the other two, there is no doubt Palm Oil will constitute the most efficient answer to constantly increasing demand of Oils & Fats arising from a larger world population. Despite Palm Oil is being grown on just 0.4% of world agricultural land, crop developments have to be met in a sustainable way, fostering specific attention to environmental, social and economic impacts as well as risks related to Palm Oil supply chain.
Unigrà recognizes the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as the leading authority to generate principles and criteria (RSPO P&C) to identify sustainable palm oil and palm oil products and we uphold RSPO standards as first goal to achieve.
As members of RSPO from the early days, we require that all our palm oil suppliers are RSPO members and operate in compliance with RSPO P&C. Furthermore we encourage the consumption of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) also through our participation to the Italian Union for Sustainable Palm Oil (UIOPS).
In accordance to the more stringent sustainability targets established by UIOPS, Unigrà also aims to guarantee full traceability of all its Palm Oil up to the production mill by 2020. On traceability a significant leap forward has now been made possible and as of today we have grouped together the entire and detailed list of all the mills involved in the production of the Palm oil supplied to our plant. We consider it an important step toward a better activity control based on monitoring, transparency, transformation and verification.
Beyond RSPO P&C, Unigrà, as processor, will work together with its own direct Palm Oil suppliers, and their respective counterparts, monitoring activities at origin, in order to achieve the following targets:
1. No clearing of High Carbon Stock Forests2. No fire used to clear land
3. No planting on peat soils
4. Protection of orangutans and other endangered species by maintaining High Conservation Value areas
5. Recognizing, respecting and strengthening the rights of workers
Progress towards these newly set milestones will be monitored on a regular basis and assessed by third parties working closely with our suppliers.