Percentage of purchased volume which is verified as beeing in accordance with credible, internationally recognized responsible production standards
We are purchasing an increasing number of natural raw materials with certified origins. For instance, we established a progressive strategy for the sustainable sourcing of oils and derivatives from palm fruits in 2015: By mid-2016, we converted to the exclusive use of 100 % RSPO “Mass Balance” certified palm oil. Between now and the end of 2018, we will be working with our strategic suppliers on implementing fully sustainable sourcing for our primary palm oil derivatives and on switching to materials made from 100 % RSPO “Mass Balance”–certified palm oil. We have the same goal in place for our sourcing of secondary palm oil derivatives by the end of 2020.
In 2017, 22.4 % of our flavor raw materials were suitable for use in organic products. The share of fair-trade products is comparatively low, however, since our customers have so far requested certified products primarily for iconic ingredients like vanilla.