Protecting ecosystems across our value chain
Read our Insight to see how we are sourcing responsibly
Natural Raw Materials Sourcing Policy
Our policy sets out our approach to the responsible sourcing of the natural raw materials we use in our products.Read more
Transparency and Traceability in our Supply Chains
To better understand the challenges in our supply chains and take action where it is most effective, we work with our suppliers to ensure full visibility of our supplier’s production landscapes.Read more
Through Earthworm’s ‘Rurality’ programme, we are helping smallholders use improved farming techniques to address the social and environmental issues associated with palm production. The programme works to improve smallholder access to markets by building connections between them, dealers that buy their fresh fruit bunches and mills in RB’s supply chain in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. We aim to empower smallholders to develop diversified incomes, alongside core farming activity.
As part of our commitment to NDPE (No Deforestation, Peat, Exploitation), we have partnered with Earthworm Foundation and its Starling project to monitor our palm oil supply chain.
Using radar and satellite imagery data, we can monitor land cover change and intervene if there are early signs of forest cover loss. With this tool we are able to identify risk prone areas, predict potential deforestation and develop corrective actions.
We’re serious about our responsibilities. We’re developing impact measurements throughout our value chain, with a goal of assessing every single step, to ensure that we, our suppliers and our suppliers’ suppliers are living up to our values and standards.
We believe we can make a difference and help to address some of the most pressing global challenges, while supporting our brands and stakeholders, and build a sustainable future.
We have taken steps to further understand and improve sustainability of dairy, the main ingredient our infant formula products. We are a member of the Sustainable Dairy Partnership (SDP), a group of suppliers and industry peers who work to increase sustainability in the dairy industry.
Members take responsibility for key challenges including greenhouse gas production, human rights, deforestation and animal welfare. We are pleased to report that our largest suppliers are active members of the SDP. In 2019 we collectively created a digital solution to help improve traceability and transparency by sharing information more efficiently, and developed training and communications materials for the various SDP members and non-members.
Tiny krill are the foundation of the Antarctic food chain, supporting an ecosystem of fish, penguins, seals and whales. Environmental NGOs are calling for more marine protected areas in the Antarctic, asking fishing companies to show additional precaution. In response, our suppliers worked with scientists and campaign groups on a voluntary agreement that will create marine sanctuaries around the Antarctic.
We will continue to support suppliers who pave the way in environmentally friendly practices and, ultimately, the Antarctic protection agreement is a success for all parties involved – businesses, environmental groups and scientists – resulting in a voluntary standard that exceeds international regulation and helps support a sustainable future.