16 Oct 20

Sharing our experiences on the transition to sustainable palm oil in the latest WWF report

In an effort to support shared learning and the adoption of best practices, WWF asked companies that scored “Middle of the Pack” or higher in the latest WWF scorecard to submit case studies detailing their journey to sustainable palm oil. Vandemoortele was encouraged to share the key achievements to date, challenges faced in meeting the existing commitments, and the post-2020 plans in relation to sustainable palm oil.

A total of 34 companies submitted case studies, including 25 manufacturers such as Nestlé, Friesland Campina, Ferrero & Royale Lacroix and 9 retailers such as Aldi, Carrefour, Tesco & Colruyt Group.


How far have the 34 selected companies come in their sustainable palm oil journey and what are the achievements from Vandemoortele so far?

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  • is one of the 23 companies who achieved 100% RSPO CSPO for their consumer brands.
  • is one of the 24 companies who supported on-the-ground initiatives in palm producing landscapes.
  • achieved 99,4% traceability to mill.


What obstacles do companies face in sourcing sustainable palm oil?

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The road ahead

Looking to the future, companies have shared some encouraging plans which demonstrate their commitment to driving sustainability both within and beyond their supply chains. But the acceleration of deforestation, biodiversity loss and climate change caused by irresponsible palm oil production calls for bigger, bolder, and faster action by all companies.

By the end of 2020 Vandemoortele aims to finalise their strategic vision looking towards 2025, including their actions on sustainable palm oil.


Download the summary report from WWF on their Palm Oil Scorecard website




About Vandemoortele

Vandemoortele was founded in 1899 as a Belgian family business, and has continued to grow and develop ever since. Over the last two decades, we became a European food company with leading positions in two product categories: Bakery Products (BP) and Margarines, Culinary Oils & Fats (MCOF). We are known for supplying innovative and high-quality products.

In 2021 Vandemoortele realised a turnover of around EUR 1.3 billion with 4,800 (permanent and temporary) associates. The Vandemoortele Group headquarters are located in Ghent, Belgium. We have commercial offices in 12 European countries, as well as in the United States. We operate on more than 28 high-quality production sites all over Europe, in order to ensure proximity to all our key markets. We export from Europe to 95 countries worldwide.

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