BASF sets measures future palm sustainability in personal care portfolios

BASF sets measures for future palm sustainability

11:15 AM, 31st May 2016
BASF sets measures for future palm sustainability in personal care portfolios
BASF sets the course for future palm sustainability in personal care portfolios.

HONG KONG, CHINA: BASF SE has set out a number of measures to improve the sustainability of its personal care portfolio, especially with regard to ingredients from palm oil and palm kernel oil.

“The sustainability of a product is a decisive factor for making a purchase decision for a growing number of consumers. Many of our customers in the personal care industry wish to further promote their sustainable development and we can help them,” said Sergey Andreev, Senior VP, care chemicals Asia Pacific, BASF.

New process helps customers achieve their sustainability goals

BASF has developed a new process for steering its portfolio based on sustainability criteria.

With the help of the sustainable solution steering method, the key drivers and issues for sustainability in the cosmetics industry were identified, and for each of the more than 2,000 products belonging to the personal care portfolio of BASF, the contribution to sustainability was assessed according to their specific application.

Overarching sustainability aspects were included in this respect, as well as regional differences.  Each of the products analysed has been assigned to one of four categories:

  • Accelerator demonstrates a substantial contribution to sustainability in the value chain
  • Performer meets the standard market requirements.
  • Transitioner identifies specific sustainability issues and is actively addressed.
  • Challenged do not meet the relevant sustainability criteria sufficiently.

BASF has developed action plans for these products. These recommendations are in the process of being implemented.

“With the sustainable solution steering method, we can assess more precisely how our products contribute to the sustainability goals of our customers and develop corresponding action plans together with them”, said Srikanth Vaduvur, VP, regional marketing management, care chemicals Asia Pacific, BASF.

New goals and commitments for sustainable, certified palm oil products

The most important renewable raw material for the personal care business of BASF is palm kernel oil. The global demand for palm oil and palm kernel oil has been continually increasing for many years.

“We want to ensure that the renewable raw materials, which we mainly use to produce home and personal care ingredients, originate from sustainable, certified sources,” explained Vaduvur.

For this reason, the company has revised and extended its commitments for the sustainable procurement of palm oil products. They include a sourcing policy for palm oil, palm kernel oil and their primary derivatives. The policy incorporates forest and peatland conservation as well as requirements for the inclusion of the local population in decision processes.

New goals for procuring palm oil products

Each year BASF uses more than 400,000 tonnes of palm-based raw materials to produce ingredients for personal care products as well as laundry detergents and cleaning agents. This year, the company intends to go a step further in order to procure all oils by 2020 and also significant intermediates based on palm oil and palm kernel oil – these include fractions as well as primary oleochemical derivatives plus vegetable oil esters – by 2025 only from sustainable sources which have been certified by the roundtable on sustainable palm oil (RSPO). Moreover, processes will be established that allow an upstream traceability for the palm oil and palm kernel oil purchased by BASF back to the oil mill.

Twelve locations in Europe, Asia and North America satisfy RSPO criteria

BASF is also making progress with regard to the RSPO certification of its global sites for cosmetic ingredients:

In Asia, a multi-site certification for the mass-balance process has been obtained for four sites: Jinshan (China), Kitatone (Japan), Bangpakong (Thailand) and Cimanggis (Indonesia). In North America, Mauldin, Cincinnati, Kankakee (US) and Ecatepec (Mexico) already satisfy the respective criteria. In addition, four sites in Europe – Düsseldorf (Germany), Boussens (France), Fino Mornasco (Italy) and Zona Franca (Spain) –also hold a multi-site certification.

“We want to make a worldwide contribution to our customers being able to achieve their goals of purchasing raw materials based on certified, sustainable palm oil and palm kernel oil,” said Andreev.

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