Santa Maria one of the first with certified palm oil
In 2008, Santa Maria became one of the first food producers in Europe to buy palm oil certificates. Today, all the palm oil used in Santa Maria products are certified to Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) criteria. In 2011, the WWF looked at around 130 companies in Europe, Japan and Australia and their use of responsibly produced palm oil in accordance with RSPO rules. Santa Maria scored full marks, with 9 points out of a possible 9.
Palm oil is an important ingredient in Santa Maria’s fried corn products, and is extracted from the fruit of the oil palm. Palm oil production in South-East Asia is a major threat to one of the world’s largest rain forest regions. At the same time, palm oil is an important export commodity for the countries producing the oil, and the industry employs many people: so it’s important to find a sustainable way of producing it. This is why Santa Maria has decided to support RSPO. RSPO was started at the initiative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) amongst others; Santa Maria has been a member and pushing the issue of sustainable cultivation actively since 2004.
Phasing out palm oil
Even if Santa Maria only uses certified palm oil today, there are other aspects of the oil which mean that we are actively working to phase palm oil out in favour of rape seed and sunflower seed oil in all our fried products. This is being done mainly for health reasons.
Facts about Round table on sustainable palm oil
RSPO is a global organisation started at the initiative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and others and a whole range of companies and pressure groups from producers to consumers.
RSPO works actively to turn the trend towards more sustainable palm oil production.
RSPO is made up of around 600 organisations. In an open, transparent process, a number of stakeholders from plantation owners to industry and retail have worked with the WWF and social organisations to develop criteria to make palm oil sustainable in a way which respects both environmental, social and economic values.