Leading the Way in Sustainability

DuPont News, October 10, 2012
By 2015, DuPont has pledged to source 100% of its palm-based raw materials as certified palm oil.
By 2015, DuPont has pledged to source 100% of its palm-based raw materials as certified palm oil.

 

DuPont Nutrition & Health is leading the way with its extensive portfolio of emulsifiers based on sustainably sourced palm and non-palm oils to address concerns about the impact of palm oil plantations on the environment and local wildlife.

In January 2009, DuPont was the first company to offer Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified Mass Balanced (MB) emulsifiers, and last year the first company to offer RSPO-certified Segregated (SG) emulsifiers.

DuPont has pledged by 2015 to source 100% of its palm-based raw materials as certified palm oil, and is well under way to realizing that ambition.

The world’s largest retailers and food companies have committed to using only certified sustainable palm oil by 2015, but the terminology is difficult to understand, leading to confusion.

“We want to educate customers about the differing categories of sustainable palm oil, so they know that the only way to know for sure that a product contains sustainable palm oil is for it to be segregated,” said Bo Damgaard, global product director, Emulsifiers, DuPont Nutrition & Health.

“For manufacturers who do not want to postpone conversions on certified sustainable palm oil until 2015, there are no longer any limitations on finding emulsifiers from a sustainable source since DuPont can manufacture virtually all emulsifiers sustainably,” said Philippe Bax, regional emulsifier product director.

Segregated and Mass Balanced

SG palm oil is kept separate throughout the supply chain and the end product is guaranteed to include only palm oil from RSPO certified plantations - a serious commitment by the producer.

MB palm oil may be mixed with conventional palm oil at each stage of the supply chain, but bookkeeping at each stage ensures that the amount of palm oil used to produce a consumer product with a MB claim is matched by the consumption of the same amount of palm oil from RSPO-certified plantations.

Certain markets have chosen to avoid palm-based materials altogether, and the DuPont™ Danisco® ingredient range also offers non-palm emulsifiers based on non-GMO rapeseed and sunflower oils and non-palm glycerol.