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25 Okt 2022

Unilever's response on alleged palm oil supply chain violations

...Agropalma is a direct supplier to Unilever. We are aware of the accusations against Agropalma S.A. and we are monitoring the situation closely. We are conducting a detailed assessment which includes reviewing the information already provided by Agropalma (and any new documents provided) and asking Agropalma for information on what steps have been, and will be, taken to address the situation. Unilever has also been monitoring decisions issued by the competent authorities. Our direct palm oil sourcing in Brazil, which is used by Unilever Brazil is certified by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). We expect all our suppliers to comply with our Responsible Sourcing Policy and our People and Nature Policy, which sets out requirements and expectations to do business with us, including the need to respect and advance human rights and deliver transparent and traceable supply chains. We publicly disclose the palm oil suppliers and mills we source from, both directly and indirectly, and recognising the importance of individuals and communities raising issues, we have a robust grievance mechanism in place and publish a grievance tracker so that issues are shared publicly. Brazil Biofuels is not a direct supplier to Unilever. We are able to identify a direct supplier through which supply from BBF may have come into our supply chain. We are engaging that supplier to investigate the allegations and their response...