We actively seek to enhance the resilience of our suppliers by caring for people, respecting nature and acting on climate change – and by helping them to do the same.


We work closely with independent partners such as EcoVadis for direct and indirect suppliers, Sedex for large manufacturing sites and the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT). These tools increase performance and risk management, as well as transparency of data. They also support our suppliers and enhance responsible sourcing programs, policies and action in the field.



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Boet Brinkgreve
"As part of our Naturals Together™ platform, we co-develop programs with our suppliers to support local communities through education, health and livelihood, women empowerment and biodiversity protection.”

Boet Brinkgreve

President of Ingredients Division

Responsible Sourcing Policy

Our Responsible Sourcing Policy sets out our expectations from direct and indirect suppliers and provides the foundation for collective action to make a positive impact. It focuses on six requirements: 


  • Acting with integrity, compliance and business ethics

  • Respecting human rights, people, health & safety

  • Respecting environment and biodiversity

  • Ensuring highest standards of product safety and quality

  • Ensuring business continuity

  • Respecting confidential information


Our sourcing and risk management experts work with suppliers and partners to turn policy into best practice and build resilience. We embark on a continuous improvement journey. When it comes to natural ingredients, including palm oil and palm oil derivatives, we set rigorous standards for sustainability. We work closely with our natural raw materials suppliers to integrate respect for nature and people across our supply chain. We apply Ethical BioTrade and RSPO principles and continuously assess sustainability performance against our responsible sourcing policy.


see our position statements


ESG Drivers

We leverage our strategic ESG Drivers to raise the bar and boost our sustainability performance. Furthermore, through these drivers, and to scale up our positive impacts, we constantly engage our clients, investors and key stakeholders in our Pathways to Positive journey.



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