KTC Edibles first UK business to sign Sustainable Palm Manifesto

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KTC Edibles, one of Britain’s largest manufacturers and distributors of edible oils, has further demonstrated its commitment to sustainable palm oil by becoming the first UK company to sign the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto.

Launched by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA), and the IDH (the Sustainable Trade Initiative) – the manifesto aims to dispel the myths surrounding palm and highlight the benefits that the sourcing and use of sustainable palm can bring to the planet and its people.

By signing the document, KTC is strengthening its promise to source sustainable palm, while endorsing and implementing the four key aims of the manifesto. These aims address issues relating to sourcing, engagement in governance, sustainable production from smallholders and strengthening communication on sustainable palm oil to increase awareness amongst consumers.

Gary Lewis, chief commercial officer at KTC, said: “We’re committed to leading the way on sustainability by continually building on our current pledges and actively looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of our operations.

“Sustainability starts at the supply chain, so we’re excited to add our name to the signatories list and collaborate with forward-thinking organisations from across the globe to make sustainable palm the standard across our industry.”

Other global organisations signing the pledge include Ferrero, Henkel and WWF.

Signing the pledge is the latest milestone in KTC Edibles’ sustainability programme. In September 2022, the company announced that it had achieved its ambitious target to offer only 100% segregated certified sustainable palm oil to customers.

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