Ingredients supplier Evonik will also be onboarded as a new partner for the project
Palm oil plantation in central Kalimantan, image: Matthieu Paley
Another goal of the second phase of the project is for the smallholders to have direct market access to a palm oil mill.
“The project by Beiersdorf, Evonik and the WWF combines transformative corporate goals with local nature conservation, which makes our collaboration special,” said Silke Düwel-Rieth, Head of Economics and Markets at WWF Germany.
“Together we are strengthening sustainable palm oil production in order to maintain healthy, species-rich forest systems,”
In the long term, Beiersdorf and Evonik intend to source palm (kernel) oil derivatives for their products directly from the project region.
The two companies are also working with WWF on a palm oil project in the Tabin region of Malaysian Borneo.
Beiersdorf uses round about 30,000 metric tons of palm (kernel) oil derivatives per year to manufacture its skin and body care products, including the Nivea and Eucerin brands.
Since the end of 2020, the company has been sourcing palm (kernel) oil derivatives entirely as RSPO Mass Balance certified.