Today, the Government published the Final Progress Report on the UK Statement on Sustainable Palm Oil and the CPET Annual Review on UK Consumption of Sustainable Palm Oil.

By the end of 2015, leading UK retailers reached the milestone achievement of voluntarily sourcing 100% Sustainable Palm Oil. This is an enormous achievement and reflects the importance of this issue to customers. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) plans to ensure that its industry’s leadership on this important issues is maintained going forward.

Commenting on BRC members reaching 100 per cent certified sustainable palm oil targets, Dr Emma Keller, WWF-UK Agricultural Commodities Manager said:

“This is welcome news for the British retail industry and consumers.  UK retailers are crucial to the sustainable transformation of the wider palm oil industry due to their buying power and prominence in the market place. We need these companies  to continue to lead the way and show others that 100% sustainable palm oil is possible. The 2016 WWF Palm Oil Scorecard underlined UK (and other global) retailers as leaders in the sector, many scoring full marks based on WWF’s core asks.

"Furthermore, we need the UK Government to extend its commitment on sustainable palm oil to include imported third party products and to take it further to include other deforestation-risk commodities that we rely on like soy, timber and cocoa.”

Peter Andrews, brc's Policy Adviser for Sustainability talks about retailers' progress: