Wilmar/Olenex Position Paper

EU Proposal in products associated to deforestation

On 17 November 2021, the European Commission adopted and published a Proposal on products associated with deforestation and palm oil is mentioned as one of the six commodities covering the Proposal.

Wilmar supports the effort to halt deforestation and protect High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas and highlights the significance of developing a regulation that promotes an increase in worldwide sustainable production and a reduction in global deforestation. 

However, we feel that some of the measures presented in the Proposal carry significant risks, from excluding smallholder farmers from sustainable supply chains and penalising sustainable actors in high-risk countries to disrupting and diverting trade and duplicating due diligence. 

Please, find here the Wilmar Position paper where we propose argued alternative solutions related to the Country benchmarking system, Requirement to provide geo-localisation coordinates of plots of land of production, Due Diligence Process / Obligation of competent authorities to perform checks and controls by customs authorities, Scope, Penalties in case of non-compliance and Absence of provisions for non-complying suppliers to re-enter the supply chain after compensation.

About Olenex Sustainability

Sustainability is an integral part of our business. Sustainable operations are crucial to securing the future of our company and creating shared value for our customers, stakeholders, and final consumers.

Our goal is to rely on sustainable supply chains that provide opportunities for rural communities while improving their livelihoods. Our holistic approach to sustainability is fully integrated into our business model, aligning processes and standards with universally accepted social and environmental standards.

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