German chemical producer BASF’s production network of 20 sites has received the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)’s Supply Chain Certificate at the RSPO’s fifth annual European meeting.

The RSPO Supply Chain Certification Standard is a series of auditable requirements, designed for use by organisations in the palm value chain to demonstrate implemented systems for control of RSPO certified oil palm products.

BASF had in the past year “virtually doubled” its sales of certified palm kernel oil-based ingredients for the cosmetics, detergents, cleaning agents and foodstuffs industries, the company said in a 9 June statement.

“We have made some good progress in 2016 in the changeover to certified ingredients for the cosmetics industry and we believe that sustainable manufacture of palm oil is possible,” said Jan-Peter Sander, senior vice president of BASF Personal Care Europe.

“A reliable certification system and the best possible transparency are the key factors in protecting forests with a high carbon content,” he added.

BASF, which has been a member of the RSPO since 2004, processed a total of 508,000 tonnes of palm-based raw materials in 2016, which makes it one of the largest palm product processors in the world.

The company also joined the High Carbon Stock Steering Group in 2016 in order to “promote the industry activities for forest conservation”, the company said.

Globally, an approximate 71M tonnes of palm products are manufactured annually, of which around 10% or 7M tonnes is palm kernel oil.

Out of this amount, only about 1.3M tonnes of palm kernel oil is RSPO certified, according to BASF.