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, 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.