What we do
How we work with Earth and People on Palm Oil
TFT 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 for its French production sites by the end of 2015.This goal has been achieved in due time.
- The second goal is to use 100% of sustainable oil regarding Cérélia’s criteria. This work, complementary to traceability work, will start in 2018. We are helping them reach this target by concentrating first on the traceability work of the suppliers.
Another part of the TFT collaboration was also to help Cerelia, through its Earth & People Fund implement a project in Africa in order to assist palm oil independent producers/growers to move towards more responsible practices
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.