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Unilever Addresses Palm Oil Supplier’s Suspension

Plans to "disengage" with IOI Group following RSPO suspension.

Following the suspension of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification of the IOI Group, Unilever says it will begin the process of “disengaging with the supplier and have set a time bound plan to do this over the next three months.”
 
In a statement, Unilver said it  “takes the allegations against IOI and its suspension from the RSPO extremely seriously. We expect the highest standards from all of our suppliers and strict adherence to the Unilever Sustainable Palm Oil Policy (March 2016) (PDF | 365KB).”
 
According to Unilever, the suspension puts IOI in breach of its policy.
 
RSPO’s suspension followed a decision taken by the Complaints Panel on March 14 and endorsed by the RSPO Board of Governors on March 25 in relation to the complaint against PT Sukses Karya Sawit, PT Berkat Nabati Sawit, PT Bumi Sawit Sejahtera, all subsidiaries of the IOI Group.

Unilever also said that it is “reaching out to IOI and to relevant NGOs and stakeholders to work together to determine a way forward for IOI to address and remediate the proven complaints and to demonstrate its commitment to fundamentally and transparently change the way it drives sustainable palm oil development to meet the highest social and environmental standards. We believe that this is a critical step in leading industry transformation.”

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