Key Findings

► There are significant differences in the progress importers are making towards achieving zero deforestation and exploitation free supply chains.
► ProForest and The Forest Trust (TFT) are the primary partners relied upon for traceability and risk management programmes of the surveyed companies.
► Use of risk-based supply chain monitoring means that deforestation-free palm oil cannot currently be assured for retailers.
► Exploitation is not being proactively managed in third party plantations or supply chains by the majority of companies assessed.
► Third party verification of importer commitments is limited to traceability claims only and therefore do not cover broader policy areas (e.g. exploitation, peatland planting).
► Case studies showcasing zero deforestation progress are limited to own company plantations / communities (e.g. no examples of success with 3rd party suppliers).