This post was originally published on October 23, 2020 and updated on September 29, 2021.

International awareness of the need to support sustainable palm oil production is strong within the candy industry, with two leaders reconfirming their commitment to responsible environmental and social practices. 

In late October 2020, Mars, Inc. announced that it has achieved a deforestation-free palm oil supply chain as part of a palm oil initiative the company launched in September 2019. Mars now sources palm oil from a reduced number of mills and has awarded longer-term contracts to those suppliers who are committed to the company’s environmental, ethical and social expectations. 

Meanwhile Mondelez International, parent company of the Cadbury chocolate brand, says it expects that 80 percent of its palm oil will meet its “enhanced traceability and forest-monitored expectations” by the first quarter of 2021. The company says that 99 percent of its palm oil is currently purchased from sustainable palm oil suppliers. 

Sustainably sourced palm oil is certified as Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO); Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) and/or Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). To further meet manufacturers’ demand for enhanced traceability and accountability, the Malaysian palm oil industry has launched Blockchain technology.

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