DuPont Nutrition & Health said on 26 January that it had completed a switch to 100% certified sustainable palm oil and palm oil derivatives for global emulsifier production.

“The achievement is the latest milestone since we pioneered the introduction of sustainable palm oil emulsifiers in 2009 from the Mass Balance supply chain certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO),” the company said.

In 2011, it launched its first emulsifiers made with RSPO-certified segregated palm oil.

DuPont said it had initially aimed to convert all of its palm-based raw materials to certified sources by the end of 2015, but this transition was delayed by insufficient market demand and a shortage of certain certified palm oil derivatives.

RSPO Book & Claim certificates was now allowing it to fill the gap until conversion to physical supplies could happen, DuPont said.

In the Book & Claim system, RSPO-certified producers are issued one certificate for every tonne of sustainable oil they produce, which can be bought and traded.

“In the coming months and years, DuPont will continue to encourage its stakeholders in working towards replacing Book & Claim volumes with certified sustainable palm oil from physical supply chains such as Mass Balance, Segregated and Identify Preserved palm oil and derivatives,” it said. “An ambitious and comprehensive sustainable palm oil sourcing policy will also be launched in 2017.”