We at Red Panda Eco are committed to participate in the Dorset Sustainable Palm Oil Community project.
We have worked with our suppliers to ensure that where palm oil is present in our products, it is from sustainable sources.
By doing so, we know that we are fighting climate change and also helping to protect wildlife around the world from the impact of unsustainable agricultural practices.
At Red Panda Eco we support the use of RSPO certified palm oil where it serves as the most effective or efficient oil in a product. Many of our products are palm oil free and we recognise the benefits in avoiding it when there are feasible oils and oil derivates produced in or close to the UK. Palm oil is the highest yielding oil for land use, and we believe that in order to ensure sustainability and biodiversity in these plantations the use of sustainable palm oil should not be boycotted.
We will always continually audit our products on a formal annual basis to obtain evidence of palm oil or palm oil derivate use and get the RSPO certificates to authenticate the supply.
We aim to ensure all our suppliers use sustainable palm oil, or that they have a time-bound plan to source 100% CSPO. However, it is our intention to never sell products which contain uncertified palm oil. Unfortunately, palm oil can be included in many derivates which can be harder to uncover. Before stocking a product, we screen suppliers, and do our own checks on their ingredients.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is the major international stakeholder body which defines these criteria. They include:
1. No deforestation of high carbon stock (HCS) or high conservation value (HCV) forests and ecosystems
2. No development of peatland
3. Zero burning
4. Responsible labour practices and respect of the rights of local communities
CSPO = Certified Sustainable Palm Oil