Unilever to receive certified sustainable palm oil from Sime Darby

08 June 2010 06:06  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Unilever will receive its first batch of certified sustainable palm oil from Malaysia's Sime Darby Bhd after it stopped the purchase from an Indonesian oil producer over environmental concerns, industry sources said on Tuesday.

The company had earlier dropped Sinar Mas, a major palm oil producer in Indonesia, from their list of suppliers after environmental activist group Greenpeace alleged in a report that the firm had destroyed acres of rainforests in the country to convert them to palm oil plantations.

Sime Darby, Malaysia’s largest publicly-traded palm oil producer, shipped about 3,500 tonnes of palm oil from its processing facility in Sabah, Malaysia to Rotterdam, Holland late last week, the sources said and added that the shipment was expected to reach there in a month.

Unilever is a global producer of various home, personal care and food products.

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By: Serena Seng

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