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Sustainable Sourcing – Our 2020 Goals

DuPont Nutrition & Health is building transparent, responsible supply chains for all our sourced materials. All suppliers sign our Supplier Code of Conduct.

Special focus goes on our key bio-based raw materials. Here we want to make a step change in sustainable sourcing and build stronger relationships to our suppliers through sustainable sourcing programs. Our key goals are:

  • Develop and implement sustainable sourcing program for 90% of all bio-based raw materials including: palm, soy, seaweed, locust bean kernels, wood and guar.
  • Source 100% certified sustainable palm oil and derivatives and implement comprehensive Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Policy.

  • Develop and implement Sustainable Soy Sourcing Policy to drive sustainable sourcing of all soy beans and flakes.
  • Expand the scope of sustainability assessments based on SEDEX to at least 100 Tier One suppliers and contract manufacturers.

Bio based raw materials

Soy

We source a limited part of our soy from South America where it is important to avoid negative impacts on biodiversity and local communities. DuPont Nutrition and Health has been a member of RTRS – The Round Table on Responsible Soy since 2008. See also our Position Statement on Deforestation related to the Amazon Forest. We are currently working with NEPCon to further ensure that we source all our soy sustainably from South America.

 

Palm oil

DuPont Nutrition & Health has been a pioneer in RSPO certified palm oil ingredients. Similar to soy, palm oil plantations can trigger local deforestation issues. The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil initiative aims to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. Read more about our achievements in our press release.


 

Guar beans

Guar beans are the source of guar gum and mainly sourced from India and Pakistan, where they have been harvested for human consumption and cattle feed for thousands of years.






Wood

We use wood as a basis for our cellulose gum. Our site in Lenzing in Austria, is a true example of industrial symbiosis, using a waste stream of a local pulp and paper mill as a raw material and returning the residual waste stream to the factory which uses it to generate heat. The primary wood raw materials are certified against FSC and PEFC standards.

 

Locust bean

Sourced from mainly Morocco, Spain and Portugal and the basis for locust bean gum. Most of the beans are collected from the ground beneath wild or semi wild trees. The trees are grown with very little use of water or fertilizers. DuPont Nutrition & Health wants to support local farmers to apply best practices.


 

Seaweed

Our alginate and carrageenan products are based on red and brown seaweeds. We source from different places in the world, each with their own local context. Wild seaweed has a great environmental profile, using virtually no irrigation, land, or fertilizers.



SEDEX – Supplier Ethical Data Exchange

DuPont Nutrition & Health has been a member of SEDEX since 2008. This global membership platform aims to “make it simpler to do business that’s good for everyone”. The platform assures a safe and efficient way to share ethical information through the supply chain. The four pillars in focus are environmental management, business ethics, health and safety and labor practices.

The SEDEX reference number of DuPont Nutrition & Health is ZC1093050.

“We are committed to an open dialogue with all parties involved and a process of continuous improvement. Therefore, we have engaged in SEDEX – a sharing platform for ethical information – and we participate in third-party SMETA audits with a focus on Labor Rights, Health & Safety, Environmental Practices and Business Ethics. We work to implement these requirements up and down the value chain.”

Matthias Heinzel, Business President
The DuPont Nutrition & Health Policy on Ethics and Social Responsibility