Response from Unilever regarding sourcing from palm oil companies allegedly involved with human rights abuses
We can confirm that Ocho Sur P is not a direct supplier of Unilever and that we do not have direct relationships with Alicorp, OLPESA, OLAMSA, Rossel or Palm Oleo.We have a public palm oil grievance procedure in place whereby any issues can be highlighted to us. Transparency is vital to drive the wholesale transformation of global supply chains and we keep track of the raised grievances through our public Palm Oil Grievance Tracker.
We have also recently introduced a public list of suspended suppliers... Our Responsible Sourcing Policy is clear relating to our requirement that land rights of communities, including indigenous people, are respected and promoted, notably through the application of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent(FPIC) principles, and articulates a zero-tolerance policy for land grabbing.
We recognise the vulnerability of Human Rights Defenders (HRDD’s) and the increasing pressure they are under. We do not tolerate threats, intimidation, physical or legal attacks against human rights defenders in relation to our operations and are a signatory to the B -Team Statement in support of Civic Freedoms, Human Rights Defenders and the rule of law...