Ferrero, the maker of the internally beloved chocolate hazelnut spread Nutella, has been recognized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), formerly known as World Wildlife Fund for its dedication to using sustainable palm oil. The WWF’s Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard ranked Ferrero number 1 out of 173 global retailers, consumer goods manufacturers and food service companies.
A WWF statement said, “Only one company, the consumer goods manufacturer Ferrero, has scored over 20 points (out of the maximum 22), sending an encouraging signal to the rest of the industry that sustainable and deforestation-free palm oil is achievable.” Ferrero’s score was 21.5.
Ferrero sources much of its palm oil from Malaysia. Malaysia was the first country to produce sustainable palm oil and has strengthened its sustainability commitment with its nationwide Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification program. Achieving MSPO became mandatory as of 2020, and the country is working toward 100% compliance.
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