DSM uses a limited amount of palm oil when making certain nutritional products. The company is a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder organization aimed at making sustainable palm oil the market norm. At DSM, all palm oil purchases are made according to RSPO standards and procedures. DSM purchases directly through RSPO or indirectly through GreenPalm “Book & Claim” certificates.
You can view DSM’s RSPO profile here. The RSPO accreditation guarantees the criteria for processing RSPO Certified oil palm products.
The RSPO has four different supply chain models for certification: “Identity Preserved”, “Segregation”, “Mass Balance” and “Book & Claim”. Have a look at these infographics to learn more about the difference between these four models.
DSM’s objective is to use 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil and oil palm products using RSPO “Mass Balance” supply chain models by 2020. Going forward, DSM aims to have all of the production sites that use palm oil or palm oil derivative products RSPO certified.
In 2017, DSM procured 1,333.5 MT of Palm Oil & Palm Oil derivative products. Eighty-four percent (1118.5 MT) was directly RSPO-certified under the “Mass Balance” and “Segregation” supply chain models (with a breakdown of 80% and 4%, respectively). The remaining 16% (214 metric tonnes) was sourced under “Book & Claim” RSPO credits.
DSM Nutritional Products’ production sites in Grenzach and Sisseln are certified under both the RSPO “Mass Balance” and “Segregation” supply chain models, and one site in Singapore is certified under “Mass Balance”.
For non-RSPO purchases of palm oil, palm kernel oil and derivatives, DSM buys GreenPalm “Book & Claim” RSPO certificates. The “Book & Claim” program allows us to offset each ton of palm (kernel) oil we use, by purchasing certificates from an RSPO certified palm oil grower. In this way, we indirectly support RSPO certified growers and farmers.