y 2020, our own brand products will achieve net zero deforestation for our ‘high impact’ commodities such as palm oil, timber, pulp and paper, and packaging.
This will be achieved by a combination of sourcing from independently certified sustainable supply chains, and where this option is not feasible using credible offsetting schemes.
As a member of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global industry network that brings together the CEOs of major global retailers and consumer brand owners, Woolworths is a signatory to the CGF Board resolution to achieve zero net deforestation through the consumer goods supply chain by 2020 through sourcing commodities like palm oil, soya, beef, paper and board in a sustainable fashion.
We are working towards sourcing all products and primary packaging from independently certified legal and sustainable sources with certified Chains of Custody to FSC or PEFC; or recycled sources.
Woolworths is making substantial progress in sustainably sourcing paper and timber products.
Woolworths is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a multi-stakeholder organisation comprising retailers, manufacturers, palm oil producers, traders and non-government organisations. It sets global standards for palm oil production and manages a certification scheme. In FY16, 100% of the palm oil in our Own Brand food products supported the production of certified sustainable palm oil. Woolworths also commits to using physical RSPO-certified palm oil through the identity preserved, segregated or mass balance supply chain models, by phasing out any remaining Book & Claim palm oil.
Woolworths has also committed to labelling palm oil to give customers choice and labels our own brand food products where palm oil is used as an ingredient.