Palm Oil Sustainable Sourcing Commitment

While Church & Dwight Co., Inc. does not directly buy or use palm oil or palm kernel oil in our products, we strive to responsibly source palm oil derivatives in a manner which does not contribute to deforestation of high conservation value and high carbon stock forest and peatlands or exploitation of people and local communities. We do this because we recognize the palm oil industry has a significant impact on biodiversity, climate change, people and communities.

Some of our products, including animal feed, liquid laundry detergents, gummy vitamins, oral care and feminine care products, include palm oil derivatives such as glycerin, palm fatty acid distillate (PFAD) and palm kernel fatty acid (PKFA), among others. In 2015, Church & Dwight purchased virtually all of our approximately 60,000 tons of palm oil derived materials from one supplier, who is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). For more information on our primary supplier’s sustainability program and "No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation Policy" click here.

Church & Dwight’s palm oil derivative ingredient volume represents less than 0.1 percent of palm oil produced globally each year. Given that our palm oil use, and likewise influence, is relatively small on a global scale, we believe our greatest opportunity to impact the supply chain is in partnership with suppliers who are committed to responsibly source palm oil derivatives. We are working with our suppliers towards the goal of ensuring that the ingredients used in our products are from responsible sources.

As of December 31, 2015, an estimated 96% of our palm oil derivative volume received from our primary supplier was independently verified as traceable back to the mills according to our primary supplier’s supply chain mapping. That supplier has also represented to us that all such palm oil derivatives have been produced in conformance with its "No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation Policy". Based on our primary supplier’s representations, we expect to trace all of that supplier’s palm oil derivative volume purchased by us to the mills by 2020. In addition, we have expanded our Palm Oil Sustainable Sourcing Commitment to more thoroughly address issues relating to deforestation, peatland protection and exploitation of workers in palm oil production. Our new and more comprehensive commitment expands the scope of our sourcing of palm oil derivatives commitment to address those areas. That commitment demonstrates our compliance with the following specific sourcing practices:

  • Do not contribute to deforestation by conserving and protecting primary and secondary forests, High Carbon Stock1 and High Conservation Value2 forests across all of their landholdings;
  • Commit to no new development on peatlands, regardless of depth;
  • Use best management practices3 for existing palm oil plantations on peat soils;
  • Prohibit the use of fire for preparation or clearing of land areas;
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and existing operations;
  • Comply with existing RSPO Principles and Criteria or other equivalent standards; and
  • No exploitation of rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.

We require our primary supplier to meet or exceed the standards set forth in its No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation Policy, provide quarterly reports regarding its supply chain mapping and progress reports against the commitments set forth in its policy and meet or exceed RSPO standards for RSPO certification. From time to time we may also further investigate various other approaches and tools that may be available to help us assess our supply chain. Due to the complexity of the palm oil derivative supply chain, the process of achieving traceability involves a number of companies at many tiers. Because our greatest opportunity to influence the supply chain is through our partnerships with our suppliers, our objective of achieving traceability to the mills by 2020 is subject to change based on the progress of our suppliers. In addition to full traceability to mills, we support and encourage suppliers to achieve as much traceability to the plantations as possible and to comply with RSPO standards as they evolve.

Church & Dwight also has a strong commitment to ethical and legal business practices and treating people in our operations and supply chain with dignity, respect and equal opportunity. We expect the same commitment from our suppliers who are required to comply with our Global Operations Guiding Principles, which reflect our commitment to internationally recognized standards and our support and respect for internationally proclaimed human rights and working conditions in our operations and supply chain. In addition, we publicly disclose on our website our supply chain transparency efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our direct supply chains. We will continue to assess, monitor and verify our direct suppliers’ sourcing practices and identify areas for improvement on an ongoing basis. In the event of non-compliance with our requirements, we reserve the flexibility and right to work with vendors to create corrective action plans with time-bound commitments or terminate business relationships.

Although Church & Dwight’s use of palm oil derivatives is small, we are committed to responsibly sourcing palm oil ingredients. We look forward to driving positive change through our vendors with the ultimate goal to safeguard biodiversity and local communities.

We will update this source and commitment annually.

Learn more about our operations policies and commitments:

  1. High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests as defined at by the HCS Steering Group.
  2. High Conservation Value (HCV) as defined by the HCV network:
  3. Best management practices covered by the “RSPO Manual on Best Management Practices (BMPs) for existing oil palm cultivation on peat.”