December 14, 2009

Unilever drops palm oil supplier

Big consumer goods manufacturer Unilever is making an example of how serious they are when it comes to sourcing sustainable raw materials for their products.

Last Friday, Unilever said it will stop all future purchase of palm oil from the Indonesian company PT SMART, part of the Sinar Mas group, until they clean up their act and provide verifiable proof that none of their palm plantations are contributing to the destruction of forests and peat lands.

Early in 2009 Unilever conducted an independent audit of its major suppliers, and the company said it revealed several areas of concern that are now being addressed on an individual basis.

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