Traceability of our value chain
Our responsibility - our impact
Supply chains of oleochemical feedstocks tend to be complex and require a great deal of flexibility. Therefore, traceability is key to controlling and improving sustainability criteria.
When traceability is complex, impact can be limited. For instance, we receive some of our vegetable oils, such as palm oil and palm kernel oil, from refineries in Europe, India and China. Yet, they originate from a range of different plantations and mills in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and other countries. The many converging paths can make it hard to trace the products all the way back to their origins.
The cosmetic industry relies on oleochemical raw materials—they’re the building blocks of the products we make. Currently, however, there are no viable, more sustainable alternatives to these high-volume raw materials. Despite the fact that, in comparison to the food industry, the cosmetics industry uses a far lower overall volume of raw materials such as palm oil, our industry still adds to the worsening of ecological and social problems from the cultivation of such feedstocks.
Only a holistic approach can lead to success
At Evonik, we’re aware of our impact on society and the environment—through our procurement volume alone. In our opinion, effective sustainability management must involve looking beyond our own products and production processes, which is what we do with CAREtain®. We closely monitor our suppliers through our supplier criteria and its respective audits. We aim to build partnerships with our suppliers so that supply chains may become as transparent as possible.
As a founding member of the chemical industry’s Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative, it’s our goal to increase transparency and sustainability along the value chain. We’re also a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)—a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to make sustainable palm oil the norm.
Our Personal Care business also attaches great importance to defining additional supply chain criteria in collaboration with its customers—a key factor in CAREtain®. It’s how we can continuously monitor and improve traceability all the way back to refineries and plantations. Our goal is to expand our portfolio of RSPO-certified palm oil derivatives in collaboration with our customers and suppliers. If you’d like to find out more about our achievements, check out How it works.