Krispy Kreme’s has expanded its sustainable palm oil commitment, just days after Dunkin’ Brands, the owners of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, committed to source 100 percent sustainable palm oil in the US by 2016.
The doughnut chain says it will achieve 100 percent responsible sourcing of palm oil and by the end of 2016, a large percentage, if not all of Krispy Kreme’s palm oil usage will be sourced through some combination of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified segregated supply, RSPO mass balance mixed-source supply, and the purchase of GreenPalm certificates.
All of the brand’s suppliers will be required to trace their palm oil sourcing to plantations that adhere to the principles for protecting forests (including high carbon stock (HCS) and high conservation value (HCV) landscapes), peat lands of any depth, and no exploitation of communities and workers (including respecting human and worker rights and obtaining free, prior, and informed Consent from communities for all development on their lands); and to comply with RSPO principles and criteria.
Krispy Kreme says it will work with its suppliers to meet these commitments “as rapidly as possible,” with a deadline for full compliance by the end of 2016. Suppliers who are found not in compliance will be required to submit a viable action plan for closing any identified gaps, or risk removal from the brand’s supply chain.
The two doughnut companies’ announcements 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.