Aviko on track with sustainable palm oil target

28 September 2012 by
Aviko on track with sustainable palm oil target

Aviko is nearly one-third of the way towards its goal to use only 100% certified sustainable palm oil by 2015 in the second year of its CSR drive.

Back in February 2011, Aviko became the first chilled and frozen potato supplier to join the international round table on Sustainable Palm Oil scheme (RSPO).

Being part of RSPO means that Aviko is buying its oil only from plantations that have been built without cutting down new rainforest, that respect local residents and employees, and that preserve the habitat of endangered species such as orang-utans.

By the end of 2011, Aviko had purchased sustainability vouchers for 13% of the total volume of palm oil it had bought, and this figure has more than doubled in the current year to 30%. It is a major step forward for the company's CSR programme because palm oil represents 80% of all the oils it uses.

Mohammed Essa, general manager UK and Ireland at Aviko, said: "Our ambition is to move to 100% by 2015 and to ‘upgrade' from the Book and Claim system we currently use to the Identity Preserved (top tier) by 2015 as well."

"This represents another positive step on our CSR journey, which, of course, is ongoing. The fact that we are looking to upgrade our certification status is testament, however, to our commitment to becoming the most sustainable potato producer in the world."

By Lisa Jenkins

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