Why do some of the Wicked Kitchen products contain palm oil?
Palm oil is an important ingredient in many food and non-food products. When sourced responsibly, it is one of the most efficient vegetable oils, with the least environmental impacts. However, growing demand for palm oil is increasing the pressure on forests and biodiversity. As part of Tesco’s Little Helps Plan, We have committed to zero net deforestation in our sourcing of palm oil, soy and timber, and to leading our industry in addressing the sustainability challenges in our supply chains. For palm, they will achieve this by sourcing only RSPO-certified palm oil for our own supply chain and by working closely with leading environmental NGOs, such as WWF, to address the complex challenges associated with palm oil. For example, please see WWF’s infographic on the importance of supporting sustainable palm oil by clicking here. 100% of the palm oil used in Tesco’s UK Own Brand products is already certified by the RSPO, but we know there is more to do, and we are working with industry groups to strengthen the RSPO standard.
Conservation experts like WWF advise that a large scale switch away from palm oil to less efficient oils is likely to lead to increased environmental pressure. They advise instead, that major retailers and manufacturers work with growers to improve production through certified sustainable palm oil and better forest governance. This has been the focus of our work.
For more information about how Tesco is contributing to support sustainable palm oil production, please see our website: https://www.tescoplc.com/little-helps-plan/reports-policies-and-disclosure/uk-palm-oil-policy/