The trio are also calling on the Indonesian government to help fulfill their objectives
BASF, Estée Lauder Companies and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil are helping promote sustainable palm oil in Indonesia’s Waykanan district.
In partnership with the civil society organisation Solidaridad, the new initiative will support smallholder farmers and work to improve their livelihoods as well as the sustainable production of palm oil.
In order to achieve this, the new programme will offer education and technical support on implementing and maintaining sustainable palm oil practices.
The trio of companies will also partner with the Inodnesian government to achieve these objectives.
“Most major European companies have committed to using sustainable palm oil exclusively,” said Heske Verburg, Solidaridad’s Europe Managing Director.
“We are delighted that BASF and Estée Lauder Companies are reaching beyond just purchasing sustainably, by providing direct support for sustainable palm oil projects.
“When palm oil is produced sustainably and in a future proof manner, it can actually contribute to resolving grave issues for both farmers and the environment.”
Estée Lauder Companies’ Greg Polcer said he was “thrilled” to partner with BASF and Solidaridad on this “important” initiative.
Meanwhile, BASF’s VP for Home and Personal Care, Daniele Piergentili added: “The partnership with Estée Lauder, Solidaridad and RSPO enables us to support these farmers and at the same time increase the availability of sustainably produced palm oil.”
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