Wilmar Launches Revolutionary Online Transparency Tool

Wilmar International, the biggest palm oil trader in the world, just launched a new website that makes public information about all of its roughly 800 suppliers and allows the public and forest advocates to report violations to its “No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation Policy.”  

“No agricultural producer has ever aimed for this level of transparency at this massive scale,” said Glenn Hurowitz, Chairman of Forest Heroes. “Wilmar is setting the standard for responsibility in commodity production, and I hope its competitors will soon join them.”

Read Wilmar’s statement about its new dashboard after the jump.

Wilmar’s statement on its new transparency dashboard:

The Wilmar Dashboard is a microsite dedicated to reporting on Wilmar’s sustainability endeavor, in particular the implementation progress of our No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation Policy that was announced on 5 December 2013.

Some key features of the Dashboard include information on Certification Progress, Traceability & Supply Chain, as well as the Grievance Procedure.

Traceability is an important element of Wilmar’s journey in transforming the industry towards responsible practices. To ensure that our Policy is appropriately implemented and we are progressing towards a traceable and sustainable supply of palm oil products, our first step is to build on our existing supply chain map in order to trace supply flows from ports and refineries back to oil palm mills and over time to plantations. The mill details are used in conjunction with data and information on land use, soils and social issues to prioritise assessment visits to mills and their fresh fruit bunches (FFB) suppliers to help close sustainability gaps where relevant.

Wilmar started the supply chain mapping exercise in early 2014 and has since seen improved transparency in its supply chain. Indonesia and Malaysia have been the priority of its traceability exercise but good progress is also made in Europe, Africa, India and China. These data are updated each quarter to reflect improved visibility of our supply chain as well as the ongoing changes in the supply base over time.

A Grievance Procedure has also been established to enable any stakeholder to raise concerns about Wilmar’s own operations and/or that of its third-party suppliers. All concerns/grievances logged under the Grievance Procedure will be dealt with in a timely manner; and progress and findings will be reported on the Dashboard.

Jeremy Goon, Chief Sustainability Officer of Wilmar, said, “The launch of the Dashboard is a significant milestone that not only furthers the Group’s transparency efforts as it offers an unprecedented level of disclosure, but also provides the business context that enables the Group to identify and focus on managing material matters. We believe these are critical in transforming the palm oil industry as well as in ensuring that the Group is on track to achieving our aspiration to delink our entire supply chain from deforestation and human rights abuse by end 2015.”

“No agricultural producer has ever aimed for this level of transparency at this massive scale,” said Glenn Hurowitz, Chairman of Forest Heroes, a global campaign to break the link between deforestation and agricultural production. “Wilmar is setting the standard for responsibility in commodity production, and I hope its competitors will soon join them.”

“Consumers around the world want to know where their food comes from, and that it’s grown in a way that’s consistent with their values,” Hurowitz added. “It’s a tall order, but the Wilmar Dashboard could actually make it happen.”

The Dashboard is a work-in-progress and we hope to improve it continually. Content will be updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available.

Read The Forest Trust’s (TFT) press release on the Wilmar Dashboard here.

To access the Dashboard, please email us with the following details for a login username and password:

  1. Your Name
  2. Company/Organisation Name
  3. Designation

We hope you find the Dashboard informative and we welcome your comments and feedback.

On January 23, 2015
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