DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences Sets Industry-Leading Example for Sustainable Palm Oil


World Wildlife Fund features DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences casestudy to support responsible palm oil

Aspart of its campaign to advance the responsible production of palm oil, theWorld Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently published over 30 case studies documentingindustry efforts to transition to 100 percent sustainable palm oil.  The DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences(DuPont N&B) business was featured as a case study contributing to WWF’smission.

Recently,the need for sustainable palm oil has become increasingly critical, as demandfor vegetable oils – particularly palm oil - continues to grow. In 2019, TheRoundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified palm oil volume increasedby 13 percent.


Since2004, DuPont N&B has been an industry leader in developing sustainablesolutions to palm oil production. DuPont N&B was the first ingredientmanufacturer to join RSPO and has since advocated for inclusive collaborationsto transform the palm oil industry. By highlighting DuPont N&B’s efforts,the WWF aims to inspire the collective action required for responsible palm oilproduction, trade, and consumption.

Inline with the WWF’s vision for the responsible production of palm oil, DuPontN&B achieved an industry first in 2017 with its offer of 100% RSPOcertified palm-based emulsifiers globally, using a combination of Book &Claim, Mass Balance and Segregated.


DuPontN&B is now working towards its 2025 goal of achieving 100 percent physicalcertified sustainable palm of grade Mass Balance or above, alongside thephasing out of RSPO credits globally. In 2020, DuPont N&B achieved a keymilestone by sourcing 100 percent physical RSPO certified palm oil andderivatives for its emulsifiers produced in Europe and North America.


Inaddition to sourcing certified raw materials, DuPont N&B has achievedsignificant progress in developing transparent and responsible supply chains,striving for 100% traceability to the mill within the next five years andimplementing supplier scorecards.

Lastmonth’s discussions at the Sustainable Palm Oil Dialogue Europe reinforced thepower of collective action to achieve 100 percent RSPO in the European market.This message has been endorsed on the world stage through public calls forcompanies to further improve their global supply chains.

TheRSPO, a global multi-stakeholder initiative, is the driving force behindresponsible palm oil supply chains. RSPO is a full ISEAL member and has thevision to “transform the markets by making sustainable palm oil thenorm"[1].


Arecent life cycle assessment conducted by 2.-0 LCA Consultants published in theJournal Of Cleaner Production, showed that the carbon footprint of RSPOcertified palm oil is 35% smaller than conventional palm oil. In choosing RSPOcertified palm oil, companies can make a big dent in their upstream greenhousegas emissions, which can be a key lever for companies whose climate goals arealigned with the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).


DuPontN&B has joined with over 560 other companies as signatories of the Businessfor Nature’s Call To Action. This collective is calling on governments aroundthe world to adopt policies to reverse nature loss in the next ten years.


“Weare extremely proud of our long-standing collaboration with RSPO, and theachievements we have made in leading the industry towards more sustainable palmoil,” said Mikkel Thrane, Global Sustainability Leader at DuPont Nutrition& Biosciences. “It’s fantastic to be featured as a case study by the WWFfor our work in this field and we hope that our story will encourage theinclusive collaborations necessary for transforming palm oil supply chainsacross the globe.”