Henkel and Solidaridad have been in partnership since 2012, co-developing a highly innovative portfolio of field programs that promote sustainable palm oil production and more sustainable and inclusive palm oil value chains. We are proud that this partnership now consists of seven projects, reaching farmers in all major palm producing regions. Together, Solidaridad and Henkel are making a proactive, positive difference to the production of palm oil. An approach that is focused on the realization of the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):
At Henkel we recognize our responsibilities regarding the purchase and use of ingredients. Our corporate purpose is creating sustainable value, including in the wider society and communities in which we operate. We use palm oil products and derivatives in our home, laundry care, and personal care products. Our aim is to increase the availability of sustainable palm oil and palm kernel oil on the market by a volume equal to our global demand and we intend to achieve this through collaborative projects with small farmers. At Solidaridad, we seek to unite growing demand for palm oil with a sustainable supply base by working with farmers on innovative approaches to economically, socially and environmentally sustainable production. We regard companies as key to ensuring sustainability in the palm oil supply chain, which is why we are working directly with Henkel to assist them in sustainable sourcing and project investment.
Smallholder farmers produce 40% of global palm oil, but their productivity and quality levels are much lower compared to large plantations. Often they lack access to technical knowledge and financial services and inputs, which is critical to improve their production. The Henkel-Solidaridad partnership addresses these challenges through innovative market-oriented solutions focused on smallholder yield improvements through training on Best Management Practices (BMPs), including climate-smart agriculture, policy influencing and stakeholder engagement. This results in significant increases in productivity, improved smallholder livelihoods, greater social inclusion and reduced environmental impact.