Apical, a major producer of edible oils, supplies its products to companies and consumer brands worldwide. Apical’s major activities include refining, processing and trading palm oil.
Working with Daemeter Consulting (as a consortium of partners referred to as CORE) we have supported Apical by providing technical expertise and guidance on the implementation of their sustainability policies. Our support includes supplier engagement and capacity building, traceability declaration verification, improving smallholder engagement by applying the RSS (Responsible Sourcing for Smallholders) framework through pilot studies, the development of a Responsible Sourcing Manual and Traceability Outreach Programme, as well as Sustainability Reporting review and communication.
The collaboration has led CORE to provide facilitation and technical support for the SUSTAIN (Sustainability Assurance and Innovation Alliance) initiative, of which Apical is a co-chair. SUSTAIN aims to leverage blockchain technology to improve the traceability of palm oil to smallholder farm level, and support smallholder inclusion to accelerate the implementation of NDPE policies across complex supply bases.