During an event at the Nieuwspoort Press Centre today, Anneke Assink and Edwin Riegman of FrieslandCampina were presented with the Task Force on Sustainable Palm Oil Award by Karlijn van Lierop, Chairman of the Task Force on Sustainable Palm Oil. The award was presented to FrieslandCampina because of its switch to sustainable palm oil in 2011. During the meeting, State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Henk Bleker, was given a copy of the 2011 Annual Report. The Task Force’s most important conclusion is that 21% of the palm oil used in the food industry in the Netherlands comes from sustainable sources.
FrieslandCampina has already scored highly in the WWF’s Palm Oil Buyers’ Scorecard. With a score of 8, FrieslandCampina featured in the top segments of the list of global food producers who buy palm oil.
The purchase of sustainable palm oil, cocoa and soy is part of FrieslandCampina’s sustainability programme. Palm oil and palm oil products are used as ingredients in products such as coffee creamers and fat powders for the food industry. The sustainable palm oil is certified in accordance with the principles and criteria of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Social organisations, such as Solidaridad and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), are closely involved in establishing these sustainability criteria. FrieslandCampina has been a member of the RSPO since 2007.