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Over 90% of the palm oil used by Raisio is already certified

In 2014, palm oil continued to raise a lot of social debate. Palm oil accounts for less than one per cent of all Raisio's raw materials. Raisio is committed to moving to the exclusive use of certified palm oil produced in line with the principles of sustainable development. In 2014, 94 per cent of palm oil used by Raisio was already certified.

Our objective is that all palm oil used in Raisio's foods is certified during 2015.

Raisio uses palm oil and palm oil derivatives in the production of various products: biscuits, snack bars, confectionery and subcontracted margarines. Part of biscuits made and sold in Finland are already now baked using rapeseed oil. In Finland, Raisio aimed to start using only rapeseed oil in the biscuit production in Finland during 2014, but due to recipe-related challenges, the goal was achieved only partially.

Raisio's UK-based breakfast and snack product factories as well as confectionery factories were all certified by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2014. Most of the palm oil Raisio uses in its cereal and snack production is segregated, which means that palm oil is produced in accordance with the separated production. Palm oil that Raisio uses in Finland is Green Palm certified.

In September 2014, a Finnish civic organisation Finnwatch published a report, in which it criticised the social responsibility requirements of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to be still insufficient. However, Finnwatch recommended that the companies should immediately certify all palm oil they use; this is Raisio's objective, too. Raisio has been a member of the RSPO since 2011.

Raisio sources palm oil and palm oil derivatives mainly as part of various fat mixtures from European operators, for example, in the UK, Denmark, Spain, Germany and France.