Hi Andrew - I thought you and other signatories might find this information helpful.
While Arnott's Australia New Zealand (ANZ) uses only a small amount (less than 0.05%) of the total 40 million metric tonnes1 of palm oil produced annually, we are committed to playing our part by sourcing sustainable palm oil that avoids deforestation.
Arnott's ANZ believes the most effective way to do this is to:
1. Reduce overall usage of palm oil
Since August 2010, we have decreased our current palm oil usage by approximately 25 percent by replacing palm oil with alternative oils across a number of products. The Company remains committed to identifying opportunities to further reduce usage of palm oil on an ongoing basis.
2. Source certified sustainable palm oil
Working closely with our palm oil supplier, who is an active member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Arnott's ANZ is targeting the use of 100% certified sustainable palm oil by 2015. We're getting there by shifting around 20% of our supply each year to certified sustainable palm oil. We're already using 40% certified, sustainable palm and by the end of this year, we'll be using 60%.
It's also important to note that we currently source from peninsular Malaysia only, from land which has been used to produce palm oil or other agriculture crops.