BM TRADA Certification Ltd has identified a dramatic surge in demand from clients seeking certification under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Supply Chain Certification Systems.

This trend, said Sales Manager Andy Green, reflects “increasing international concern” about the environmental effects of palm oil production. “We are working with many more clients who have identified how important it is to their business to be able to provide assurance about the sustainability of the palm oil that they use. We anticipate that the trend towards certification will continue to gather momentum worldwide.” Palm oil represents around 30% of all vegetable oil production around the world and can be found in one in 10 supermarket products, including both food and toiletries.

One client who has already achieved certification with BM TRADA is AAK UK, in Hull, specialists in edible oils and fats for the food manufacturing and baking industries. Marketing Controller Judith Murdoch said: “We have been working with BM TRADA for only 18 months, since we started on our journey to gain certification. This is a complex commodity and supply chain but BM TRADA has, in a short time, gained a clear understanding of the issues affecting our product sector. It is crucial to have a robust audit system in place to ensure the success of the RSPO system and we were delighted to be amongst the first to achieve certification.”

BM TRADA became the first independent body to gain approval to carry out third-party certification under the RSPO schemes in March last year, and is still the only UK body with RSPO approval. With a worldwide network of joint venture partners and representatives, BM TRADA has in depth experience of supply chain certification, working with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and other national schemes.

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