Dunkin’ Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has committed to source 100 percent sustainable palm oil in the US by 2016.
The company says it will work with its suppliers and its franchisee-owned purchasing cooperative to source palm oil that is 100 percent fully traceable to the mill by the end of 2015, and to the plantation by the end of 2016 for use in Dunkin’ Donuts US restaurants.
In addition, Dunkin’ Brands says it will develop and publish a phased implementation plan, including mapping its international supply chain, by March 1, 2015. The company says it engaged with several nonprofit organizations to develop its responsible palm oil supply plan, which includes formal guidelines for palm oil suppliers, but it doesn’t say which organizations.
Dunkin’ Donuts currently uses a blend of palm oil, soy and cottonseed oil for preparing donuts, and has supported a moratorium on palm oil expansion in rainforests and peatlands since 2012.
As part of Dunkin’ Brands’ policies and standards, suppliers will be held accountable to several principles in the company’s commitment to source responsible palm oil. These include no development of high carbon stock forests and high conservation value areas; no burning in preparation of land or in development; progressive reduction of greenhouse gas emissions on existing plantations from all sources; no development on peat areas regardless of depth; and respect and no exploitation of people and communities including support for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Dunkin’ Brands will evaluate suppliers’ palm oil policies to ensure they are aligned with the company’s timeline and principles, and require that suppliers who are in serious violation of its policy take immediate action to correct any violations.
Dunkin’ Brands announcement follows similar sustainable palm oil commitments by a host of companies including Cargill, Hershey, Kellogg’s, Mondelez International, Danone, Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills and Mars.