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BASF drives sustainable palm with major portfolio switch

Monday, May 28, 2018

During its 3. Palm Dialogue event, BASF announced that it will shift its Personal Care portfolio and will offer palm-based specialties for the cosmetics industry exclusively as certified sustainable.

  • BASF palm-based personal care specialties will be offered as certified sustainable
  • First customers have implemented portfolio changes
  • BASF steps up palm traceability

“This is an important milestone for the cosmetics industry’s progress towards sustainable palm – and some of our customers have already made the step,” said Xavier Susterac, Senior Vice President BASF Personal Care Europe.

The decision to offer palm-based specialties only as certified in line with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) ‘Mass Balance’ standard is the latest move in BASF’s initiative ‘Time for Change’. The company has made a commitment to switch about 330 palm-based products to ‘Mass Balance’ standard in the course of 2018 globally. ‘Mass Balance’ (MB) is one of the RSPO supply chain models that foster the physical flow of certified raw materials within the oleo-derivatives supply chain.

“By enhancing our IT processes, we are making it easier for our customers to change to MB ingredients,” said Isabella Tonaco, who is responsible for Global Sustainability Palm Products at BASF.

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