Another important milestone was recently reached by Oxiteno in the United States: the Pasadena plant has been certified by the RSPO. This site, opened in 2018, includes best-in-class alkoxylation technology to ensure safety and environmental performance.
Now, the entire Oxiteno oleochemical chain is RSPO – Mass Balance supply chain model certified. This guarantees that all oleochemical products are manufactured with sustainable palm oil and palm oil derivatives.
RSPO is a global initiative covering the seven sectors of the palm oil industry: oil palm producers, processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, and environmental and social non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.
Palm oil is a natural raw material derived from palm trees, with several applications, being widely used in the food and personal care industry. Securing the sustainability of the palm oil chain is important to conserve protected areas and assure fair labor conditions.
The initiative contributes by preventing predatory practices. The roundtable forbids its members to explore or trade palm oil from primary forests or areas with significant concentrations of biodiversity (e.g. endangered species), fragile ecosystems, or areas that are fundamental to meeting basic or traditional cultural needs of local communities (high conservation value areas).
Other RSPO principles stipulate a significantly reduced use of pesticides and fires; fair treatment of workers according to local and international labor rights standards, and the need to inform and consult with local communities before the development of new plantations on their land.
In order to achieve its standards, Oxiteno’s facility was evaluated and its entire supply chain, including warehouse workers and service providers, were trained. With RSPO certification, the company offers oleochemical products that are traceable to plantations, contributing to the sustainability of the palm oil chain.
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