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By 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.

Paper and timber products

Woolworths is making substantial progress in sustainably sourcing paper and timber products.

  • 100% of our own brand tissues, toilet paper and kitchen towels are sourced from third-party certified sustainable sources.
  • 100% of copy paper used in our Australian businesses is from sustainably managed sources certified by FSC.
  • 100% of our catalogue paper, almost 950 million catalogues (weighing 52,201 tonnes), are sourced from sustainably managed sources certified by either FSC or PEFC.
Palm Oil

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 RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil. Woolworths also commits to using physical RSPO-certified palm oil through the RSPO identity preserved, segregated or mass balance supply chain models, by phasing out any remaining RSPO 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.