21 Jan 20

Vandemoortele “major step forward” towards a sustainable palm oil chain

Vandemoortele is the 10th best manufacturer worldwide when it comes to implementing sustainable palm policies and actions. Taking into account retailers, Vandemoortele is in the top 20 out of 173 companies. This and more detailed information can be found in the new edition (2019) of the WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard which was launched on the 16th January 2020. The WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard assesses the progress of companies on the commitments and actions necessary to be a responsible user of palm oil.

Vandemoortele has set clear targets for fully traceable, deforestation free and exploitation-free palm oil, as well as for certified sustainable palm oil. As part of its commitments, Vandemoortele encourages its customers to use certified sustainable palm oil and to become members of the RSPO. Vandemoortele also publishes annually its progress and since 2018, also the traceability list of the mills of the palm oil supply chain. In addition, together with Earthworm Foundation, Vandemoortele engages on the field in Indonesia.

As a RSPO member (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) Vandemoortele proves to be well on the path. "In 2018, we used 43,264 tonnes of palm oil for its consumer branded products, all of which is RSPO CSPO (certified sustainable palm oil). About 20% of this volume has a high supply chain transparency as it is segregated or mass balance certified."

Marc Croonen, Chief Human Resources, Sustainability & Communication: “This is a real recognition and support for our overall commitment to sustainability, of which sustainable sourcing, and specifically palm oil, is one of our key engagements. It also shows that our actions on sustainable palm oil which we initiated since 2009 are bearing fruit as we have progressed significantly when compared to our position in the former 2016 WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard. We will continue our engagement and aim to grow further in our actions”.

More information on the WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard: click here 

More information on Vandemoortele sustainability & Vandemoortele Palm Oil Position: click here.

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 2022, Vandemoortele realised a turnover of around EUR 1.7 billion with 4,600 associates (permanent and temporary). The Vandemoortele Group headquarters are located in Ghent, Belgium. We have commercial offices in 12 European countries, as well as in the United States and Asia. We operate in 29 high-quality production sites all over Europe, in order to ensure proximity to all our key markets. We export from Europe to approximately 70 countries worldwide.

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Marc Croonen