|M&S requires all direct suppliers to report on their use of palm oil by volume, supply chain, and certification status.|
|First Importers will have their compliance managed directly by M&S.|
The Retail Palm Oil Group (RPOG) is a non-competitive coalition of Retail Companies with a common aim of promoting the adoption of sustainable palm oil. Currently the Group’s members trade in every continent, although there is a predominance of companies with head offices based in Europe. M&S is not a formal member of this Group due to RSPO rules that prohibit any Board member having dual representation, however we participate informally but actively in all RPOG forums and discussions.
Members of the Retail Palm Oil Group created the Transparency Coalition to develop approaches to manage issues not covered by the current RSPO standard. The Coalition is developing tools to hold palm oil importers accountable for achieving zero deforestation commitments.
The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has made a commitment to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. M&S co-chairs both the Sustainability Steering Group and the Palm Oil Working Group.
In 2015, after extensive stakeholder consultation, this group launched the CGF Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines to create a pathway for different shapes of consumer goods manufacturers and retail companies to increasingly use sustainable palm oil. These guidelines will be reviewed and amended in response to developments in research, markets and government participation.
The Palm Oil Working Group engages a broad range of stakeholders including NGOs active within palm oil producing regions, to understand and respond to emerging issues related to palm oil production.
M&S is a member of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, a global public-private partnership that aims to reduce tropical deforestation associated with commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef and paper & pulp. Its approach is to foster cross-sector collaboration based on a common and ever deepening understanding of the barriers and opportunities linked to deforestation free supply chains. It aims to create a partnership of champions for deforestation-free global and local economies, making the case for sustainable supply chains as an essential pathway towards a better economy and achievement of the Global Goals.
As part of their objective to make trade more sustainable, IDH convened a group of palm oil industry players (producers, traders and buyers) to define traceability, key milestones, risk assessment indicators and verification approaches to achieve a harmonised approach to palm oil traceability systems. M&S participates in this group’s discussions, ensuring that the needs of retail companies are understood and reflected in its outputs.