Palm Oil

Palm Oil

SUSTAINABLE SOURCING OF PALM OIL

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Palm oil is an extremely versatile and efficient oil crop, making it the most widely used vegetable oil in the world. Unlike sunflower oil and rapeseed oil, palm oil is hard at room temperature, giving it unique properties when used in the production of food and household products. Palm oil is used in a range of our food and non-food products including margarine, biscuits and bread.

Palm oil is best grown near the equator, with 80% of global production taking place in Malaysia and Indonesia. When grown in a non-sustainable way, palm oil can lead to devastating deforestation and harm to the natural environment.

Through our commitment to sourcing palm oil from RSPO certified sources we ensure that growers commit to principles of environmental responsibility, the conservation of natural resources and transparency. Through our annual supplier review we track sustainable palm oil usage within our product ranges, including whether palm oil is sourced through mass balance or segregated supply chain models.

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Our Commitment

We source 100% palm (kernel) oil for our own brand food products, from RSPO certified segregated sources.

We source 100% of palm (kernel) oil for our non-food products, from RSPO certified mass balance supply chains, where technically possible.

Collaboration

Working with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and the Retailer Palm Oil Group we are taking a collaborative approach to supporting sustainable production and creating market demand.

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Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil:

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a multi-stakeholder initiative with the aim of promoting the sustainable sourcing and use of certified sustainable palm oil. The RSPO collaboratively develop a global standard for the entire supply chain of sustainable palm oil through a set of environmental and social criteria. These aim to reduce the negative impacts of palm oil cultivation.

The RSPO certification standard does not permit the deforestation of rainforest or protected areas, for the cultivation of palm oil. It also requires that the basic rights of indigenous landowners, local communities, farming operation employees, small farmers and their families are respected. To become certified, growers must prove to independent auditors their successful implementation of targeted measures.

As a member of RSPO at an international level, we promote and seek opportunities for engagement with companies, non-governmental organisations and European initiatives to develop partnerships for initiating improvements. Since 2015, Lidl has exclusively used palm (kernel) oil for its own brand products that is certified from at least mass balance and increasingly from segregated supply chains.

Retailer Palm Oil Group:

The Retailers Palm Oil Group (RPOG) is an independent group of international retailers who are committed to using certified sustainable palm oil. The group works collaboratively to find industry-wide solutions to secure certified sustainable palm oil in their products and ensures RPOG member requirements are reflected in RSPO production and supply chain standards.

Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing

Tea

We source 100% of our own brand black, green and rooibos tea from either UTZ, Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance third-party certification schemes. We recognise the social and environmental challenges facing tea production, and although we sell a small amount in comparison to the global output, we are committed to doing what we can to promote sustainable production.

Coffee

Global demand for coffee continues to grow steadily, especially in Europe. However, what coffee farmers earn from selling coffee in parts of South America and Africa is frequently still not high enough to secure their livelihoods. As a major retailer we are aware of our responsibility to ensure that the coffee we sell is sourced in a sustainable manner that improves working conditions and tackles wider social challenges.

Fruit & Veg

Lidl GB is committed to sourcing fruit and vegetables in a responsible and sustainable way. This includes supporting the British farming economy and, when seasonally possible, sourcing fruit and vegetables from long-term British suppliers.

Plants & Flowers

Lidl GB is committed to British sourcing and, when seasonally possible, sources plants and flowers from long-term British suppliers. Due to the growth and nature of the horticultural industry, most of the plants and flowers grown within Europe come from the Netherlands and Italy, whilst a large portion of production takes place in countries where climate conditions are more favourable to grow flowers all year around such as Colombia, Ecuador, Kenya and Ethiopia.

Soy

In the EU, around 90% of soy is used to feed livestock, so it is a vital raw material in the production of our meat, poultry, dairy and eggs. Environmental impacts of soy in countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay include soil erosion and degraded pastureland, biodiversity loss and carbon emissions.

Wood & Timber

Increasing global demand for low-cost timber products supports a multi-billion dollar business of illegal and unsustainable logging in forests worldwide. The world’s natural forests cannot sustainably meet this soaring global demand for timber products under weak forest management practices, making it critical that we take action to ensure that the wood-based fibres used in our products and packaging are from sustainable sources.

Textiles

Throughout every Lidl non-food collection, clothing, accessories and home textiles are a core element. As a major buyer of these products, Lidl has a great responsibility when it comes to living, working and environmental conditions in manufacturing countries.

Bananas

Bananas are one of our most popular products, grown and produced in countries on the equator and shipped into the UK every day. As bananas can be grown by both smallholder farmers and on large plantations, it is important that we understand our supply chains well to make sure we are able to support sustainable and ethical production in the most appropriate way.

Cocoa

Over 120 of the products that we sell contain cocoa, which represents more than 5% of our total range. We are proud that, since April 2017, 100% of the cocoa we have sold has come from third party sustainably certified sources.

Seafood

At Lidl GB, our principles of responsible fish and seafood sourcing are to ensure that the fish sold within our product ranges are sourced from the healthiest stocks possible using the least destructive fishing methods, with high regard for both environmental and social standards. Safe-guarding fish stocks for the future is an issue we are passionate about and we are proud of the progress we have made.

Animal Welfare

Through our partners including Red Tractor and RSPCA Assured, alongside animal welfare focussed NGO's, we have specialised contacts placed throughout the industry that can help advise and help action continuous improvement.
We have created strong supplier relationships through our lean buying practices and by championing British farming, we are able to provide product with leading-welfare standards, at an affordable price.