We’re helping to protect endangered species

At Asda, we know how important it is to source palm oil sustainably. Did you know that palm oil is used in many of the products we buy? It’s found in food like chocolate and bread, as well as cosmetics, medicines and even your washing powder!

Palm oil is very useful, but unfortunately its high demand is having a negative impact on the environment, animals and local communities. That’s why we’re working with organisations like WWF and Walmart to promote the use of sustainable palm oil. We’re leading the way at Asda, and hope other retailers and businesses will join us.

We’re sourcing sustainably

Helping you source sustainably

  • Taking action. We’re active members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an association created to promote the production and use of sustainable palm oil.

  • Telling the whole story. We’re working to inform you about this issue and bring it to the attention of other retailers and businesses too.

  • We’re taking care of it. All of the 16,000 tonnes of palm oil and palm kernel oil used in Asda products is sustainable palm oil from the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) scheme. Nearly 20% (2928 tonnes) comes directly from segregated sources and the rest is covered by GreenPalm certificates, including our palm kernel oil. GreenPalm is the interim solution to fully segregated sustainable sources.

Our work so far (2005-2011):

  • Since 2009, we no longer accept Palm oil from areas where it may endanger species such as the Orangutan or Sumatran tiger.

  • We were one of the first signatories of the Unilever WWF coalition on sustainable palm oil in 2008.

Our plans (2012-2015):

  • All Asda brand products will use only sustainable palm oil by 2015.

  • Asda will maintain its position as the global leader on Walmart's Sustainable Palm Oil project – ensuring that all Walmart own label products use only sustainable palm oil by 2015.

Sustainability | Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm oil is one of the safest and most useful oils around. It ends up in a lot of the products we buy, from chocolate to medicines.

The problem is that because it’s so useful, demand is high. In the last ten years, global production has doubled. By the year 2000, palm oil was the most produced and traded vegetable oil in the world (FAO).

This can obviously have a huge impact on the areas where it’s grown, as man-made plantations affect the environment, wildlife and surrounding communities. We won’t ban the use of palm oil, but we will work extremely hard to source it sustainably, and persuade other businesses like ours to do the same.

Read more about our efforts to source sustainable palm oil
Posted in Sustainability | Sustainable Palm Oil on 21 February 2011