How we work with Earth & People on Palm Oil
We helped Cérélia to release its palm oil charter in which Cérélia committed in favour of Sustainable Palm Oil. Cérélia’s palm oil policy includes 7 key principles :
- A known origin of the oil,
- An oil which has not caused deforestation,
- An oil which does not come from a burning farm,
- An oil which is produced by growers who have the most respectful farming practices regarding the environment,
- An oil coming from a supply chain where stakeholders respect the local population rights,
- An oil coming from a supply chain where stakeholders respect the legal workers’ rights,
- To favour the development of independent producers exploiting small orchards.
Cérélia has fixed 2 goals :
- The first one is to buy 100% certified RSPO palm oil by the end of 2015,
- The second goal is to use 100% of sustainable oil regarding Cérélia’s criteria by 2018. We are helping them reaching this target by concentrating first on a traceability work of the supplies.
Another part of our collaboration is also to help Cérélia, through its found Earth & People implementing a project in Africa in order to assist palm oil smallholders towards more responsible practices.
Cérélia’s ambition is to get transparency on palm oil flows from the plantation. In order to reach this target, we are supporting Cérélia in a first mapping work (transparency) from the mill to the plants. This work should be done by the end of 2015.
The practices of the supply chain players will be evaluated with our help. An action plan will be defined by the end of the study period in order to ensure the conformity of the commitment, and start the switch to sustainable oil by 2016.
We are also involved in the smallholder project in Ivory Coast led by Cérélia endowment fund Earth & People.
In 2016, the project will begin with a sample of 200 smallholders plantations being mapped and socio-economic data collected in order to realize a first rural dynamics diagnostic. Results of this diagnostic will drive the next actions.