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Sustainable Palm Oil

Our approach

While palm oil itself is a useful product, unsustainable farming practices have a negative impact on the environment and wildlife in developing countries where palms are grown.

That’s why Coles is increasingly sourcing grocery products and fresh produce from environmentally responsible growers and suppliers and working with industry groups and other organisations to find solutions.

We are a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and have embraced the Principles & Criteria for Sustainable Palm Oil Production. See the RSPO website for further details.

We also participate in the WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard. Visit WWF’s website for the latest scorecard.

Coles also labels palm oil where it is used in Coles branded products, to make it easier for customers to make informed purchasing decisions.  Our policy ensures we always identify palm oil instead of using the term ‘blended vegetable oils’. 

Palm trees

Product development

When developing new products, we’ll use sustainable palm oil wherever possible and where we cannot, we’ll use alternative oils and ingredients. This approach encourages palm oil producers to move to sustainable practices whilst supporting the livelihoods of those communities dependent on the palm oil industry. Where sustainable palm oil is present in our products, we will label it as such.

GreenPalm

Coles has also begun purchasing sustainable palm oil certificates from GreenPalm to offset our palm oil use. GreenPalm has been endorsed by the RSPO as the official broker for the trade in sustainable palm oil certificates and aims to promote certified sustainable palm oil, prevent the destruction of the rainforests and support the RSPO. 

Read more about GreenPalm

 

100% sustainable

As a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, we committed to move to certified sustainable palm oil in all Coles branded products and are pleased to advise that all palm oil now used to manufacture Coles brand food and drink is sustainable. Although our use of GreenPalm certificates has been recognised by organisations like WWF, we are aiming to source certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), also called identity preserved and segregated, for Coles products, as more becomes available in the future. Presently, CSPO accounts for less than 20% of global total palm oil supply, so there continues to be a gap between the quantity required by all product manufacturers and the amount that is available.

Download our current list of Coles brand products now using sustainable palm oil (PDF, 161KB)

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