The announcement comes as part of an initiative Mars launched in March that requires all of its suppliers to have a fully sustainable and traceable palm oil supply by the end of 2015. At that time the company also demanded its suppliers commit to its sourcing charter by the end of this year.
Mars says it is continuing to work with all of its palm oil suppliers to confirm their commitment to the sourcing initiative by the end of 2014.
After identifying the mills sourcing its suppliers, Mars plans to work with The Forest Trust in 2015 to ensure each mill can verify that its fresh-fruit bunch supply, including that from smallholders, meets Mars’ sourcing charter.
Last month, the world’s five largest growers of palm oil — Sime Darby, Asian Agri, IOI Corporation, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad and Musim Mas — agreed to halt the clearance of high carbon stock forests while they conduct a yearlong study aimed at defining the threshold for forest protection.