We have also launched a multi-year research and development project under the guidance of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) on sustainability of organic bud palm oil with the project partners Bio Suisse and Max Havelaar.
In a first step, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture has evaluated eight different palm oil producers in Africa and South America in terms of sustainability with the help of a hotspot analysis. The analysis included Bio Suisse-certified, RSPO-certified and conventional producers. In the sustainability evaluation, Bio Suisse-certified palm oil producers scored considerably better than RSPO-certified of conventional producers. This result confirms our aim of continuing to switch to Bio bud palm oil for our food own-label brands.
Based on the knowledge acquired via the research project, we have been able to establish a transparent supply chain for Organic Bud palm oil from the Ivory Coast. We are collaborating on this project with the cooperative Scoops Propalo, which is connected to 157 smallhold farmers. The cooperative was already RSPO and EU Organic certified and will obtain Bio Suisse certification in November 2022 with the implementation of our sourcing project. With Organic Bud palm oil, we are promoting sustainable cultivation methods, biodiversity and a higher income for local farmers. This commitment lays the foundations for sustainable palm oil to be sourced from the Ivory Coast, now and in the long term.