Clariant achieves RSPO Mass Balance certification for European and Asia Pacific sites

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

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Clariant achieves RSPO Mass Balance certification for European and Asia Pacific sites

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Clariant has achieved Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Mass Balance (MB) certification for its production sites in Spain and Indonesia meaning it can now offer certified palm-based ingredients to customers in the European and Asia-Pacific regions.

Facilities in Tarragona (Spain) and Tangerang (Indonesia) received the RSPO MB certification which the ingredient supplier says continues its sustainability commitments and will benefit customer in the Personal and Home Care industries.

Clariant now has two plants in Europe, four plants in APAC, and Joint Venture Global Amines sites in Germany and China that have gained the mass balance certificate; while it is also currently working to include North America and Latin America production sites to this list in 2016.

“The RSPO certification reflects Clariant’s efforts to embed sustainability in its business,”​ says Hariolf Kottmann, CEO Clariant.

“Going beyond this, we have committed to address traceability of palm-based ingredients and a zero-deforestation approach in parallel to the on-going RSPO supply chain certification roll-out.”

Commitment

Palm oil, palm kernel oil and its derivatives are used in approximately 70% of cosmetics and personal care products, and given the increased pressure on the deforestation issues that surround its sourcing, the industry has long been striving to make the practice more sustainable.

The RSPO is a not-for-profit organisation uniting stakeholders from the 7 sectors of the palm oil industry to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.

Since 2004, it has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), which aims to help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions.

Clariant has been one of the 1700 a members since 2011, as it commits to supporting the increasing demand for sustainable ingredients and transparency from consumers of Personal and Home Care products.

“Sustainable sourcing of palm-based ingredients starts with transparency across the supply chain and Clariant is committed to acting responsibly and responding to market needs by enabling traceability of our raw materials,”​ says Christian Vang, Head of Clariant’s Business Unit Industrial & Consumer Specialties (BU ICS).

“Achieving RSPO certification will help us to increase the share of RSPO Mass Balance certified palm material available to formulators and brand owners in the Personal and Home Care sector.”

By 2020, Clariant intends to achieve a RSPO Segregation supply chain certification for all concerned production sites of the BU ICS and will further support its Joint Venture Global Amines to achieve certification for its production sites. 

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