Palm Oil

Policy & commitments

We are committed to sourcing and processing traceable and certified sustainable palm oil. We believe that palm oil and palm kernel oil must be produced in a manner that is legally compliant and traceable, that protects forests and biodiversity, reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and has a positive social impact and respects the rights of indigenous peoples, workers and local communities.

Palm Oil Sourcing Policy

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NDPE

We deliver palm oil that is produced in accordance with “No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE) practices:

  • No Deforestation: refers to no deforestation when developing land, identifying and protecting High Conservation Value (HCV) areas and High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas, a no-burning policy and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
  • No Peat: refers to no new developments on peatland and encourages the use of Best Management Practices on existing plantations on peat. Where possible, peat restoration is also implemented.
  • No Exploitation: refers to no exploiting of workers, local communities or small-scale growers in the production of palm oil.
Logos for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil and International Sustainability & Carbon Certification programs

Certification

Each year we certify or verify the sustainability of greater volumes of our palm. In 2023, 94% of our palm oil volumes were sourced from suppliers with robust NDPE commitments, meaning a commitment to no deforestation, no peatland development, and no exploitation of any kind. These are our palm certification standards.

You can find our certificates on our certifications page.

Transparency and traceability dashboard

We are committed to building a sustainable supply chain and we report our progress in quarterly updates on this online dashboard. Use the toggle at the top of this dashboard to present palm or palm kernel information.

Our 2023 Full Year palm oil dashboard can be found here.

Our traceability numbers are third party verified annually:
Verification statement from Control Union 2023 (TTM, TTP, NDPE)

Verification statement from Control Union 2023 (NDPE IRF)

2023 Quarter 4, Updated on March 19th, 2024
Numbers from October - December 2023, scores calculated on data availability at cut off time

Traceability on global & regional level

Palm dashboard traceability Q4 2023 

Certified volumes sourced (market driven)

Palm certified volumes sourced Q4 2023


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From sources with NDPE commitment equal or stronger to set minimum requirements.
*** Actively Monitored by Satelligence and EarthEqualizer via optical and radar satellites. Reporting of Land Use Change alerts on bi-weekly basis. Includes RSPO IP certified mills.
**** Deforestation Free equals ‘delivering’ under the NDPE IRF method

Verification

Since the end of 2017 we have actively monitored our direct supply chain in Peninsula and Sabah in Malaysia using satellites.

Since January 2023 Bunge has increased its monitoring area to cover its full global palm supply base, a total of 113.9 Million hectares of land. Using our powerful GIS platform combining forest and peat maps with the latest Sentinel-2 and Landsat 7-8 images, we are actionable on alerts and follow up with suppliers and stakeholders if necessary.

You can find more details on the way we expand the monitored area here.

Mapping and monitoring palm 

Transparency

We commit to transparency in every action we take and every report we provide. You can find our way of calculating the figures shown in this dashboard in this protocol.

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Supplying Mills

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Direct Sourcing

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Indirect Sourcing


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Certifications

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Full year dashboard 2023

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2023 Quarter 4, updated on March 19th, 2024
Numbers from October - December 2023, scores calculated on data availability at cut off time

Traceability on global & regional level

Palm kernel traceability Q4 2023

Certified volumes sourced (market driven)

Palm kernel certified volumes sourced Q4 2023


** From sources with NDPE commitment equal or stronger to set minimum requirements.
*** Actively Monitored by Satelligence and EarthEqualizer via optical and radar satellites. Reporting of Land Use Change alerts on bi-weekly basis. Includes RSPO IP certified mills.
**** Deforestation Free equals ‘delivering’ under the NDPE IRF method

Verification

Since the end of 2017 we have actively monitored our direct supply chain in Peninsula and Sabah in Malaysia using satellites.

Since January 2023 Bunge has increased its monitoring area to cover its full global palm supply base, a total of 113.9 Million hectares of land. Using our powerful GIS platform combining forest and peat maps with the latest Sentinel-2 and Landsat 7-8 images, we are actionable on alerts and follow up with suppliers and stakeholders if necessary.

You can find more details on the way we expand the monitored area here.


Mapping and monitoring palm

Transparency

We commit to transparency in every action we take and every report we provide. You can find our way of calculating the figures shown in this dashboard in this protocol.

1488

Supplying Mills

45

Direct Sourcing

1443

Indirect Sourcing

Fast To Fast To

Dashboard archive

View our dashboard archive

Certifications

Learn more

Full Year dashboard 2023

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Refinery scores and mill lists

Each of our refineries listed below contains a list of mills that supply to the refinery. You can find the following information:

Bunge publishes quarterly mill lists. Suspended mills are marked with its grievance status as per our grievance list at the time of publishing. We are engaging with our trading partners to ensure that these are no longer in our supply chain. Mill lists for previous quarters are available upon request.

Disclaimer: Bunge has put great efforts in gathering the data presented in this list of mills. To the best of our knowledge, the information contained in this list is accurate and reliable as of the date of publication; however, we do not assume any liability whatsoever for the accuracy and completeness of this information. Therefore no rights can be derived from this list. If you have questions about specific information in this list, please contact your sales manager. We will answer to the best of our abilities.

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Supplier Engagement

We believe that close engagement with our suppliers is key as our sustainability goals cannot be achieved in isolation and require the collaboration of all stakeholders. Suppliers, in particular, are our focus to transforming the industry and making sure palm oil is produced sustainably. By actively engaging with our suppliers we can support them in improving their standards and practices and deliver a positive impact.

Supplier due diligence process

All suppliers (direct supply) are required to have complied with Bunge’s Sustainable Palm Oil Policy from February 2017 and to be transparent about their operations. Prior to receiving deliveries of palm oil products originating from potential new suppliers, we will implement the following due diligence measures:

Once all elements are completed and our in-house questionnaire is completed online (ArcGIS), the supplier is marked for approval. 

 

Grievances

Grievance Procedure


Bunge is committed to an open and transparent approach to resolve outstanding grievances with the involvement of affected stakeholders. Bunge has established a Grievance Procedure for all internal and external stakeholders who identify issues or incidents in the Bunge supply chain that are not in line with the principles stated in the Bunge Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Policy.

Click here to see our Grievance Process Flow

Submit Grievance
Grievances can be submitted through the following channels:
+1-866-921-6714 +1-866-921-0773 Submit Online

Grievance list

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Partnerships and Industry Networks

We believe that a multi-stakeholder approach is the right way forward to transform the palm oil sector. We will continue working with various stakeholders including our suppliers, customers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments and independent verification bodies to implement our policy.

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