In late 2012, Johnson & Johnson became the first global corporation to purchase GreenPalm certificates for sustainable palm oil from a group of independent smallholders (those that own less than 50 hectares of land) in Thailand.
Palm oil is commonly used in personal care products such as soaps, lotions, shampoos and creams. Although, overall, we are very small users of palm oil (around less than 0.2 percent of the estimated 50 million tons produced a year) we take our responsibility to protect the environment, and our natural resources, very seriously.
The 412 smallholders were certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) earlier in 2012. RSPO certified palm oil provides farmers with additional income, helps them farm better and smarter, reduces pesticide and fertilizer use and increases yields. This means better quality fruit and fewer rejections of fruit from local mills; more reward for less effort, reducing the risk of deforestation and degradation of ecosystems. Johnson & Johnson would like to see the continued growth of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) and hopes other smallholders follow the example set by the group in Thailand. An increase in supply of CSPO will help the Company, and the industry, move towards a goal of sourcing palm oil and ingredients that come from palm oil sustainably.”
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From the 2012 Johnson & Johnson Annual Report