How we work with ecostore on Palm Oil
New Zealand-based household products company ecostore became a TFT member in February 2015 and began collaborating on implementing its pledge to No Deforestation and No Exploitation of its palm oil supply chain. TFT is helping ecostore engage with its palm oil suppliers to help achieve transparency and consistency with its commitments.
- Work to date has focused on the major direct suppliers of products containing >90% of palm oil in ecostore products. This has included four suppliers from 2015 and currently (May 2017) includes just two; BASF and Wilmar International.
- BASF (the largest chemical producer in the world) released their sourcing commitment to go beyond certification in late 2015. TFT have met with BASF on numerous occasions in Australia, Asia and in their headquarters in Europe over recent years to discuss TFT member buyer policies and the importance of traceability as a first step towards transformation. We look forward to seeing further progress with traceability and transformation, in line with their commitments.
- Wilmar International are a TFT Member with a No-Deforestation-Peat-Exploitation policy and work plan. Wilmar have achieved >95% traceability to mill level for Indonesia and Malaysia supply sheds.
- Prior engagement with two large suppliers based in Malaysia included face to face meetings and letters from ecostore stating their policy commitment and requesting updates on progress with commitments. Ecostore do not currently source from these two suppliers.
- TFT continue to review supply chain information from ecostore to ensure engagement with direct suppliers of >90% palm oil volume.
- Ecostore support TFT with supplier engagement, including through sending letters that state policy commitments and requesting updates on progress where relevant, and introduce TFT to new suppliers when applicable.