This first-of-its-kind charter brings together key industry players to improve farmer livelihoods, reduce the carbon footprint of coconuts and sustainably boost supply to meet rising global demand. The pre-competitive collaboration also aims to enhance supply chain traceability, prevent deforestation and mitigate climate change.
Joining this initiative perfectly fits with our ambition to bring the future forward. As FrieslandCampina Ingredients we believe in creating a better industry for a better world. That means staying on top of consumer trends to create new ingredient solutions. And constantly seeking ways to minimize our impact on the planet, for now and generations to come.
We aim to have 100% responsibly sourced raw materials. And as part of our commitment to reducing our impact on our planet, we strive to collaborate with partners to make a real difference. That is also why we were one of the first members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and have signed up to the environmental and social criteria to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil. Already 100% of the palm oil we procure is RSPO-certified and from sustainable and traceable sources. And we are proud to now also join the Coconut Charter, leveraging our experiences and learnings in sustainable sourcing into the value chain of coconuts.
Coconut demand is on the rise across the world. But this popularity also puts pressure on its supply chain. Risks include aging trees, natural hazards, complex value chains, and limited access to market, finance and technical know-how for smallholder farmers, who form the bulk of coconut cultivators.
That’s why FrieslandCampina Ingredients – along with AAK, Harmless Harvest Thailand, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Nestlé and Unilever, have joined forces with Barry Callebaut to sign the industry’s first ever sustainable coconut charter, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Green Invest Asia.
In the words of Mark Stolzenbach, Managing Director of Food & Beverages for FrieslandCampina Ingredients, “We’re an international dairy company owned by a cooperative of farmers, so we understand very well the challenges of making farming more sustainable and futureproof. A good living for farmers is crucial to overcoming those challenges. FrieslandCampina therefore fully supports the Coconut Charter and will actively participate to positively impact farmer livelihoods, tackle climate change and prevent deforestation in the coconut supply chain.”
Find out more about the charter at www.sustainablecoconutcharter.com, read about our sustainability priorities for our Food & Beverages market segment here, or find out more about FrieslandCampina’s sustainability efforts here.