Conserving Gabon’s Cultural Heritage
A treasure trove of 14th century artefacts was discovered deep within a conservation area of Olam’s palm plantation in Gabon.
We're committed to sustainable palm oil production and sourcing, and to protecting forests and areas of high conservation value both in our own plantations and through our third-party supply chain.
Our Sustainable Palm Oil Policy and our Living Landscapes Policy set out our commitment and vision for oil palm plantations to coexist with natural ecosystems and communities in carefully planned and managed landscapes, and ultimately to have a net positive impact.
We're fully supportive of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and we are committed to working towards a traceable and transparent palm oil supply chain. This supports: no deforestation of high carbon stock (HCS) or high conservation value (HCV) forests and ecosystems, no development of peatland, zero burning and responsible labour practices, and respects the rights of local communities.
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Through our Palm Dashboard we chart the progress we’ve made against our roadmap of commitments detailed in the Sustainable Palm Oil Policy. This is published on a quarterly basis.
In 2011, Olam Palm Gabon we were the first company to meet the RSPO’s new plantings requirements in Africa for our Awala plantation. To date, 112,455 ha of our palm plantations in Gabon are RSPO certified and we’re on track to achieve 100 percent RSPO certification of our operations in Gabon by 2021. Additionally, three of our facilities in the U.K. and Gabon have achieved RSPO certification.
Our palm oil from our Gabon plantations is fully traceable and produced under RSPO defined terms. For our third-party sourcing of palm oil we are working with our third-party suppliers to ensure they uphold our commitments under our Sustainable Palm Oil Policy. We prioritise buying from RSPO members, and 90 percent of our palm oil is sourced from suppliers who are RSPO members.
Managing palm plantations in a biodiversity rich country like Gabon requires extensive efforts to support and safeguard the country’s natural heritage.