Public commitment

The members of the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil have made a public commitment to use only certified sustainable palm oil, palm kernel oil and their derivatives and fractions in their products. Members such as non-governmental organisations, associations and consultancy companies that are not themselves involved in processing palm oil or palm kernel oil undertake to act in accordance with the earliest possible achievement of the target. The voluntary commitment of the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil is the main tool for achieving the aims set out in FONAP’s constitution.

The FONAP commitment has three pillars:

  1. a switch to certified sustainable palm oil, palm kernel oil and fractions and derivatives,
  2. discussion with suppliers about traceability and achievement of the add-on criteria, and
  3. detailed reporting on the achievement of objectives.

The members of the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil specifically undertake to act in accordance with the following requirements:

  • Pure refined and unrefined palm oil (without fractions and derivatives):
    Purchase 100 per cent at least in the Segregated (SG) supply chain option.
  • Pure refined and unrefined palm kernel oil (without fractions and derivatives):
    • Purchase 100 per cent at least in the Mass Balance (MB) supply chain option.
    • From 1 January 2018, purchase 100 per cent at least in the Segregated (SG) supply chain option.

Pure refined and unrefined palm oil and palm kernel oil includes pure refined or unrefined palm oil and palm kernel oil that constitutes an ingredient of products such as creams and mixed fats.

  • Fractions and derivatives (irrespective of whether palm oil or palm kernel oil based):
    • Purchase a minimum of 25 per cent at least in Mass Balance,
    • From 2020, purchase 100 per cent at least in Mass Balance.

When converting derivatives to Mass Balance, it is the proportion of palm oil or palm kernel oil in the derivative that is relevant. For fractions and derivatives, Book and Claim certificates must continue to be used for the remaining quantities. FONAP regards Book and Claim as a transitional model that can be used to pave the way for the transition to physical supply. The use of certificates from independent smallholders (I.S. certificates) remains possible in all cases; it reduces the commitments to Mass Balance (MB) and Segregated (SG) volumes by the amount of the certificates.

The commitment by members who are themselves producers covers switching at all production sites in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. If a member in Germany, Austria or Switzerland sells more than it produces here, it must offset the difference accounted for by production sites outside those countries. For trading companies this commitment applies to all brands produced on behalf of the company for sale in Germany, Austria and/or Switzerland.