Palm oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the fruit of the palm tree. It is the most widely used vegetable oil on Earth. Most of the palm oil used by Fazer is in vegetable oil mixtures. We use palm oil based fats in the production of some laminated coffee breads, biscuits and in some confectionery fillings.
Palm oil has very good technological properties which has made it a highly suitable ingredient in the food industry replacing the use of trans fats. It is highly productive, and requires less land than any other crop to produce oil. Growing palm oil has been a source of economic growth for many countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia offering employment opportunities for communities.
With the rapid expansion of the palm oil industry the environmental and social challenges associated with the industry have become evident. There has been a lively discussion and concerns among consumers and other stakeholders regarding the sustainability of palm oil production.
The use of palm oil as such is not harmful. What makes a difference is the way palm oil is produced. When produced irresponsibly, clearing excessive amounts of land for palm oil plantations can lead to loss of rain forests, destroy habitats for endangered species, accelerate climate change, and cause social problems through loss of land and livelihoods.
Responsible and transparent sourcing of palm oil can be supported by following the requirements of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a global, multi-stakeholder initiative on sustainable palm oil, established to tackle the challenges related to palm oil production. As a member of the RSPO we are committed to supporting responsible sourcing of palm oil.