Cargill to offer only certified palm oil
The company will no longer offer conventional palm oil in its US portfolio from October.
The decision to solely offer RSPO-certified palm oil from Cargill’s US refineries addresses rising demand from both consumers, food manufacturers and retailers.
"RSPO members like Cargill represent one of the most pivotal pieces of the supply chain in terms of linking RSPO certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) to supply chain actors wanting to source CSPO for their consumer products,” said Cameron Plese, head of North America, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. “By bringing certified ingredients to market, companies like Cargill are playing a vital role in enabling RSPO members, and other companies in North America, to continue to achieve their ambitious targets of sourcing and manufacturing products that are 100% RSPO certified.
“Our hope is that North America will become a market where 100% of products are RSPO certified, and this action that Cargill has taken helps to move us closer to that reality."
Cargill has supplied RSPO-certified palm oil since 2005, and in December 2020, converted its Charlotte, North Carolina refinery to 100% segregated palm oil. With this latest move, by January 2024, all customers buying palm oil from one of Cargill’s US refineries can be assured they are receiving RSPO-certified palm oil, sourced from either mass balance or segregated supply chains.
“Today’s announcement brings us one step closer to our goal of having a fully transparent, traceable and sustainable palm oil supply chain, and is an important milestone as we continue to work to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainably way,” said Reid Kinde, Cargill commercial leader for edible oils North America.
“RSPO certification gives customers peace of mind knowing that the palm oil they buy from our US refineries was produced under a comprehensive certification program, with requirements and processes aimed at preventing deforestation and protecting animals and the people who live and work in palm-oil-producing regions.”