Ferrero brings palm oil switch forward

20 May 2014

Zoos Victoria has welcomed a move by Ferrero, makers of Nutella and Kinder, to shift their entire supply chain to 100 per cent Certified Sustainable, traceable palm oil by 2014, one year  sooner than their original commitment.

Ferrero has been a featured manufacturer in Zoos Victoria’s Don’t Palm us Off campaign, achieving the status of ‘orange’ in the campaign’s online Zoopermarket, indicating that the company had made a commitment to change in 2015.

General Manager of Community Conservation, Beck Levy, said the move to make the switch one year ahead of schedule was an important signal to the market that certified sustainable palm oil (or CSPO as it is commonly known) should be the norm, not the exception, for food manufacturers.

“In Australia most of our major food manufacturers have made commitments to source CSPO by 2015, but the proof really is in the action. With the 2015 deadline fast approaching, we need to see actions like the one Ferrero has taken.”

Ms Levy said Australia has become part of a global shift towards sustainable palm oil use that has seen the take up of CSPO by the industry increase by 49 percent on last year.

“Europe, North America and Australia have had strong consumer-led campaigns to get the agenda of palm oil on the family dining table when it comes to food and grocery manufacturers,” Ms Levy said.

“We have seen organisations such as Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network make huge strides in getting manufacturers moving to ‘conflict-free’ palm oil, and this has pushed the industry along.

“Zoos in all of these three continents have also pushed the issue of CSPO, because unsustainably produced palm oil is so closely linked to deforestation and its impact on wildlife.”

Deforestation associated with the unsustainable production of palm oil is one of the biggest threats to the survival of the orang-utan and other forest species such as the Sumatran Tiger.

Ferrero’s Nutella product is already sourcing 100 percent traceable CSPO.

To congratulate Ferrero, visit Zoos Victoria’s Zoopermarket.