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Palm Oil

Palm Oil

Sourcing palm oil sustainably is a crucial focus of our responsible sourcing approach.

Palm oil has been a part of human consumption for thousands of years, and it is a quality ingredient that enhances our products’ rich taste and texture while prolonging the shelf life. Over 40 countries produce palm oil, with Malaysia and Indonesia accounting for around 85% of global production.

One of the challenges of sourcing palm oil is that when it is not sourced sustainably, harvesting methods can have a negative impact on biodiversity protection. Unsustainably sourced palm oil can contribute significantly to changes in land use, along with the use of chemicals in tropical forests and other species-rich habitats, leading to deforestation. Social issues are also involved, along with the difficulty of tracing palm oil back to its source. In addition, the land rights of indigenous communities are often not recognised, and land clearance by oil palm companies can displace rural farmers.

Ferrero is committed to sourcing sustainable palm oil. Since 2015, when we became one of the first global companies to start sourcing only 100% RSPO-certified segregated palm oil, we have increased our efforts to ensure we contribute to a sustainable palm oil supply chain. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has recognised Ferrero’s leading approach to addressing these challenges and responsibly sourcing palm oil.

Our main palm oil map sourcing areas
New Guinea

Our distinctive sourcing is based on the following
fundamental principles:


  1. Sourcing RSPO-certified segregated palm oil for Ferrero products from a limited number of reliable suppliers, enabling us to trace our palm oil back to the plantation level while working with our suppliers to implement improvements and solutions.
  2. Monitoring our entire palm oil supply chain for deforestation with Starling satellite technology (covering 1.6 million hectares of land).
  3. A Palm Oil Charter and a Supplier Code outline our standards and requirements for responsibly sourced palm oil.
  4. Disclosing our palm oil supply chain for established Ferrero brands and acquired products. 
  5. Traceability of palm oil to plantations, which sees Ferrero - including Thorntons, Fannie May, FMC (former Nestlé US confectionary business), ICFC, Eat Natural and former Kellogg’s - sourcing 96.9% RSPO-certified segregated palm oil, with 98.6% of it being traceable back to plantations.

In line with our aim to continue to evolve and innovate our sourcing methods through close collaboration with stakeholders at every level, we updated our 2013 Palm Oil Charter, outlining our ambition to achieve a palm oil industry that is good for both people and nature by going beyond already high certification standards. We are working to realise this ambition through our approach to responsible palm oil sourcing, creating value that sees smallholders and farming communities thrive.

Palm Oil

To be certified by RSPO, palm oil growers need to comply with the following seven principles:

(RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 update)

  1. Behave ethically and transparently
  2. Operate legally and respect rights
  3. Optimise productivity, efficiency, positive impacts and resilience
  4. Respect community and human rights and deliver benefits
  5. Support smallholder inclusion
  6. Respect workers’ rights and conditions
  7. Protect, conserve and enhance ecosystems and the environment
Bastien Sachet

“ We welcome Ferrero’s Palm Oil Charter, firstly because it builds on a successful implementation of previous commitments and associates words to action; secondly, Ferrero is demonstrating its commitment to driving environmental and social excellence linked to strong core values and long-term change. Finally, this Charter will inspire other companies to raise their bar, as collective leverage and action remain critical to scale impact beyond one company’s supply chain.

Bastien Sachet, Earthworm Foundation CEO.

Palm Oil Charter

Human rights and social practices, environmental protection and
supplier transparency

Palm Oil Charter
Palm Oil Charter
Palm Oil Charter

The three pillars are built on a due diligence process which covers all Ferrero suppliers:

  • Ferrero is committed to improved working and living conditions and fair recruitment across its value chain.
  • Ferrero is actively monitoring and verifying via satellites that its value chain is deforestation-free.
  • Ferrero is achieving a fully transparent value chain with full traceability to plantations, publication of mills and estates list, a time-bound Action Plan and Progress Reports.

Ferrero's palm oil

RSPO Certified


The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has developed a set of environmental and social criteria companies must comply with to produce sustainable palm oil (Certified Sustainable Palm Oil-CSPO). These criteria aim to enforce sustainable practices in the cultivation of palm oil. The palm oil in Ferrero products comes from a certified ‘segregated’ supply chain. It is sourced from different certified plantations and is kept separate from ordinary palm oil throughout the supply chain. Through this system, Ferrero's palm oil can be traced back to the mills, guaranteeing that it does not come from plantations subject to deforestation.

Our efforts acknowledged by WWF

Our efforts acknowledged by WWF

The 2024 WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard, which evaluates global companies for supporting sustainable palm oil, WWF lists Ferrero as third out of 227. With a score of 21.7 out of 24, Ferrero is ranked as leading the industry of major global retailers, consumer goods manufacturers and food service companies.

Ferrero is especially recognised for commitments to supply chain traceability and transparency, and investment in local projects in palm oil producing landscapes. This recognition is a great encouragement to continue our journey, and to continue to advocate for sustainable palm oil.

Ferrero began its journey in the small town of Alba in Piedmont, Italy, in 1946. Today, it is one of the world’s largest sweet-packaged food companies, with over 35 iconic brands sold in more than 170 countries. The Ferrero Group brings joy to people around the world with much-loved treats and snacks, including Nutella®, Kinder®, Tic Tac® and Ferrero Rocher®. More than 47,000 employees are passionate about helping people celebrate life's special moments. The Ferrero Group’s family culture, now in its third generation, is based on dedication to quality and excellence, heritage, and a commitment to the planet and communities in which we operate.