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Beiersdorf extends partnership with WWF for more sustainable palm oil production

Sophie Smith
25 January 2023

Beiersdorf and WWF have extended their joint commitment to protect nature in West Kalimantan, helping to "prevent the further conversion of natural forests" by promoting the cultivation of sustainable palm oil.

Beiersdorf and WWF have been working with smallholders in the Kapuas Hulu district of Borneo since 2018. The partnership then set up a smallholders' association called Mitra Bersama.

In the next phase of the project, running until June 2026, 200 members of Mitra Bersama, who jointly own about 300 hectares of land, are to be certified according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standard.

Specialty chemicals company Evonik, which supplies palm (kernel) oil derivatives to Beiersdorf, will also be involved in the project as a new partner.

In the long term, Beiersdorf and Evonik plan to source palm (kernel) oil derivatives for their products directly from the project region. Together with WWF, the two companies are also supporting a project in the Tabin region of the Malaysian part of Borneo.

Beiersdorf uses around about 30,000 metric tons of palm (kernel) oil derivatives per year to manufacture its skincare and bodycare 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. The group has set itself the target of sourcing palm-based raw materials deforestation-free by 2025.

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