[20 February/Dairy Reporter]

According to Unilever, they have become the first consumer goods company to publically disclose all the suppliers and mills they buy palm oil from. Around 2.5 billion people use Unilever’s products every day making them one of the biggest consumer goods manufacturers in the world. They use palm oil in many of their goods, and believe that by mapping the suppliers they have been able to proactively identify problems and address them effectively. Unilever’s Chief Supply Chain Officer, Marc Engel, said it has taken perseverance to publish their suppliers due to commercial sensitivities and the complexity of the supply chain from fruit to palm oil. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil congratulated Unilever, and noted that they believe being transparent and traceable is the first of many steps towards real sustainable supply chains.