How we work with Earth & People on Palm Oil
Earth & People is the Endowment Fund of Cérélia. Cérélia became a TFT member in February 2014. Since then, we have been helping the company to map its palm oil supply chain. We also have been working closely with suppliers so they understand how to meet Cérélia’s charter, which include supporting smallholder farmers.
The purpose of the Endowment Fund is to provide support and/or financing for all public interest projects stemming from Cérélia’s social responsibility commitments in France and internationally.
Cérélia is a European chilled dough manufacturer that uses palm oil in its pastry products. The products are sold to food retailers in 22 countries across Europe.
Cérélia’s ambition is to get transparency on palm oil flows from the plantation. In order to reach this target, TFT has supported Cérélia in a first mapping work (transparency) from the mill to the plants. This work ended in May 2016. (map below : repartition of mills which supply Cérélia palm oil activity in 2015 )
An action plan has been defined, based on the supply chain risk assessment, in order to ensure Cerelia commitment compliance
Results and recommendations have been presented to each direct suppliers. Cerelia invited them to get more involved in a sustainable supply of palm oil and to continue to be transparent and collaborative regarding traceability.
TFT also was engaged in the project in Ivory Coast led by Cerelia endowment fund Earth & People and took part of this program throw two initiatives:
– Environmental diagnosis of the IFU of Neka
TFT worked on an environmental diagnosis of the integrated farm unit (IFU) of Neka. That diagnosis enabled and assessment of the compliance by the IFU to the Sustainable Palm OLil Charter of Cerelia and the identification of action to put in place along with PalmCi
– Map of village plantations
TFT also built a map of the plantations of the 210 village planters of Néka and the surrounding area. That map has provided greater knowledge of village plantations (geolocation, surfaces, age of palms, growing itineraries etc.) and an identification of the areas of farming and environmental importance that need protection. Also, a socio-economic survey has allowed a better grasp of the living conditions of local communities and the issues they have to face.
TFT and Cerelia will continue working on traceability back to mill by:
- collecting, aggregating and analyzing Cerelia suppliers’ data bi annually in 2017
- Getting a better understanding of links between mills, refineries and manufacturers involved in Cerelia supply chain.
TFT will continue helping Cerelia to support their supply chain players to drive transformation and get closer to the Cerelia commitment. The accurate supply chain risk assessment will allow us to identify and prioritize transformation actions to be carried out in 2018.