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Do your products contain palm oil and is it from a sustainable source?

Some of our products do indeed contain palm oil.  We're aware palm oil cultivation can contribute to deforestation and climate change, and have a direct impact on the natural habitat of orang-utans and other wildlife. 

We’d like to assure you that we’re committed to sourcing with integrity.  It’s important the palm oil used in our products is sourced from plantations that can demonstrate they've not endangered tropical rainforests.  At the same time, we appreciate the economic contribution palm oil makes to many disadvantaged communities in growing regions.  We understand the need to support these communities to produce sustainable palm oil.

Our 2020 Sustainability Plan commits us to sourcing our key raw materials sustainably and ensuring our own brand products don’t contribute to global deforestation by 2020.

By the end of 2014 95% of the palm oil that we used to manufacture our own brand products was certified sustainable.  We are working hard to ensure the remaining volume is converted this year.

Over 1100 of our own brand products including biscuits and pies now use certified sustainable palm oil.  We have achieved a leading market position particularly across non-food health and beauty and household products.   Our by Sainsbury’s lemon washing up liquid, for example, was reformulated late last year and is a UK supermarket first in terms of using certified sustainable palm oil.

We are also committed to honest and transparent labelling.  We were the first British supermarket to identify palm oil rather than ‘vegetable oil’ on the labels of all fresh and chilled food, and we now label all major palm oil ingredients in all of our food products.  We have also developed our own green dot logo to help customers identify easily where sustainable palm oil is being used in food products so look out for this when you next visit our stores.

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