Sustainability by definition

    Sustainability has been at the heart of Palsgaard's strategy since the very beginning. In the early 1900's sustainability was about local engagement and responsibility. Today, being a global ingredients producer means that sustainability is considered in every step we take. By working with considerable reductions in CO2 emissions and sustainable sourcing of palm oil, we try to set an example for food manufacturers around the world – and we willingly share our extensive experience within sustainable palm oil to provide you with valuable guidance.

    By partnering with Palsgaard you’ll be able to meet your customers’ demands for a sustainable business model on palm oil sourcing. Our certified emulsifier plant is able to deliver up to RSPO SCCS SG certified emulsifiers for the food production area you may prefer.

    We’ve been a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2008 and we strongly recommend our partners and customers to support the RSPO system in order to support sustainable palm oil production – an essential issue for the global environment, biodiversity and the working conditions for the local plantation workers.

    What is the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) – and what does it do?

    The RSPO is a global non-profit initiative that unites stakeholders from the seven sectors of the palm oil industry: oil palm producers, processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, and environmental and social non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.

    The principle objective of the RSPO is "to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through cooperation within the supply chain and open dialogue between the stakeholders."

    The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). When properly applied, these criteria help minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions.

    RSPO certification for palm oil producers promotes:

    • Commitment to transparency
    • Environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resouces and biodiversity
    • Compliance with applicable laws and regulations
    • Responsible consideration of employees, and of individuals and communities affected by growers and mills
    • Commitment to long-term economic and financial viability
    • Responsible development of new plantings
    • Use of appropriate best practices by growers and millers
    • Commitment to continuous improvement in key areas of activities

    The RSPO has more than 1,700 members worldwide who represent all links along the palm oil supply chain. They have committed to produce, source and/or use sustainable palm oil certified by the RSPO according to its four different Supply Chain Certification Standard levels (SCCS).

    What does that mean for me as a food manufacturer?

    If you are seeking of ways to source sustainable palm-based emulsifiers for your food products Palsgaard is the place to start. However, if you want to claim that your products are based on sustainable palm oil, in order to let consumers identify your finished goods or the products your ingredients go into as sustainable, there is a bit more to it than just buying responsibly manufactured ingredients:

    The RSPO states that all manufacturing companies in the supply chain from palm oil plantation to end product must be certified according to the RSPO SCCS in order to handle products based on Segregated or Mass Balance certified palm oil. This means that just as Palsgaard is certified, you as a food producer must have an implemented and RSPO approved system to administrate your palm oil based purchase and sale (for Mass Balance) and production processes (Segregated). Just as you must ensure that this is independently verified by an RSPO accredited certification body. As an example, Palsgaard is audited by Bureau Veritas every year. 

    How do I become certified?

    Achieving RSPO SCCS certification is a process with a number of steps that needs to be fulfilled, such as:

    • Requirements of transparency on purchase and sales documents
    • Set-up of guidelines for handling of material flow in production – i.e. from the raw materials arrive at your facilities until the finished product containing CSPO leave your grounds
    • Documentation of traceability and cleaning procedures in production

    Process with different demands if you are looking for Mass Balance or Segregated certification. 

    As Palsgaard is certified according to both levels and therefore know the approval process in intricate detail, we will be happy to serve as sparring-partner if you are interested in becoming certified yourself. Simply fill in the contact form on the right and wait for a Palsgaard representative from your region to contact you.

    View our RSPO certificate here

    Questions about sustainable emulsifiers?

    Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more about the difference between Segregated palm oil and Mass Balance products or find out what it takes for you to become SCCS certified.