Sustainable palm oil

How we took on the challenge to convince our
suppliers of the need to adopt sustainable palm oil


How we took on this challenge

Over 99% of the palm oil we use in Europe is certified sustainable palm oil (and > 95% certified segregated palm oil). Our biggest challenge has been to convince 18 suppliers of the need to adopt sustainable palm oil and creating this change without a loss of functionality. In total, we needed to convert 81 ingredients with 34 suppliers which took us two years to do so, including the testing of the new ingredients in our product applications.

Find out how we took on this challenge in our case study, published by #WWF to palmoilscorecard.




Our ambition

Our objective is to realize a transfer to purchasing only ingredients and/or products that entail 100% certified Segregated sustainable palm oil. This is complemented with certified Mass-Balance sustainable palm oil when Segregated sustainable palm oil is not possible, and depends on local availability.




In 2021 we will enlarge our scope of activities to the Zeelandia companies outside Europe. In cooperation with the Zeelandia operating companies involved, we will investigate local conversion to Segregated palm oil.

Secondly, we will promote more transparency in our palm oil supply chain and urge our suppliers to play

an active role.Thirdly, we aim to support a project that helps local communities and smallholder producers adopt more sustainable practices.


Our belief

We believe that palm oil is to be produced in a manner that is legally compliant and traceable, that protects forests and biodiversity, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and respects the rights of indigenous people, workers and local communities. That is why we proactively participate in the Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard and are a member of RSPO since 2015.

Sustainable palm oil