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Palm oil commitments

Palm oil commitments

The palm oil industry has a significant impact on biodiversity, climate change, people and communities. Clorox takes seriously our commitment to the responsible sourcing of palm oil ingredients and to enhancing our own practices and those of the consumer packaged goods industry. To further our pursuit of industry change, in 2020 we enhanced our commitments to better address deforestation and peatland protection, business ethics and human rights and traceability.
Clorox’s global purchases of palm oil ingredients are 99% palm derivatives. The amount and source fluctuate from year to year based on our business needs. This total reflects the low volume of ingredients containing palm oil, palm oil derivatives, or palm kernel oil derivatives that are sourced by Clorox from various suppliers. The palm derivatives we purchase contain derivatives of refined palm oil, made from the fruit, and palm kernel oil, made from the kernel or the pit of the palm fruit. These palm derivatives can be present in very small percentages as sub-components of surfactants, fatty alcohols, emulsifiers or fragrances in some of our bio-based and conventional cleaning products, food flavorings and fragrances or natural-origin personal care products.
Clorox’s total purchased palm oil ingredient volume represents less than 0.003% of palm oil produced globally each year. While our use is small, we are committed to continuing to ensure our sourcing of palm-derived materials does not contribute to deforestation or infringe upon the rights of workers and indigenous peoples. Therefore, our goals and commitments extend globally to all types of palm materials and ingredients that we currently purchase, or will purchase in the future, for our manufacturing operations in all countries where we operate.
Progress toward our goals can be found below and in the most recent Sustainability Accounting Standards Board report in our integrated annual report.

Our goal for palm oil sourcing

Our goal for palm oil sourcing

Our goal is to be a leader in social and environmental sustainability. In conjunction with our IGNITE strategy; environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals and our Environmental Policy, our palm oil commitments strive to ensure respect for human and labor rights, local communities and biodiversity throughout the palm oil supply chain.
Clorox is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a nonprofit organization that unites stakeholders from the palm oil industry. We are committed to continuing to support RSPO standards and Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) and to contributing to the transformation of practices in communities to produce responsibly sourced palm ingredients. As of 2020, 41% of our palm oil ingredients that we purchased have been certified through the RSPO supply chains, moving the company closer to its goal of 100% certification by 2025.
  • Source only CSPO for palm oil and its derivatives through RSPO physical supply chains by 2025, and report on our progress through our RSPO Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP) and other public disclosures
  • Ensure suppliers sourcing palm oil and palm kernel oil in our supply chain have public sustainable palm oil commitments aligned with the RSPO Principles and Criteria, including what is commonly referred to as NDPE (No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation)
  • No deforestation and no development of high conservation value or high carbon stock areas
  • No development on peat lands
  • Protect human rights including respect for the rights of indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to operations on lands to which they hold legal, communal, or customary rights
  • Maintain a public grievance process and response procedures for cases of non-compliance
  • Continue to hold suppliers accountable to the principles outlined in our Business Partner Code of Conduct, including compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries of operation, and respect for human rights throughout the value chain
  • Continue mapping, tracing and/or monitoring the supply chain of our palm ingredient suppliers and ensure adherence to Clorox and their own sourcing commitments and practices
  • Continue engaging with our suppliers, industry peers, shareholders, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to promote sustainable palm oil supply chains, including collaborations to strengthen certification and verification mechanisms
  • Report annually on our progress against these commitments


These commitments apply to all palm oil ingredients we purchase globally. Our ability to achieve these commitments depends heavily on the changing practices of the palm industry and the future market availability of the palm derivatives used in our products.

Supplier requirements

Clorox requires our palm ingredient suppliers and their upstream supply chains to fully support our ability achieve the above commitments. They must:

Suppliers failing to reasonably meet the above requirements or remediation plans (if applicable) will be subject to non-renewal and/or termination of contracts.


Business ethics and human rights

Clorox holds direct suppliers of palm ingredients accountable to the following business practices listed in our Business Partner Code of Conduct. We also meet with priority suppliers further upstream, and expect all direct and indirect suppliers to meet or exceed our standards:

  • Comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries of operation
  • Prohibit child labor, forced and/or bonded labor
  • Compensate workers in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations—including those pertaining to minimum wage, overtime, maximum hours, benefits and leave
  • Prohibit discrimination, harassment and inhumane treatment in employment or occupation
  • Create safe working conditions and a healthy work environment for all workers
  • Respect workers’ rights to freedom of association and to collective bargaining
  • Prevent and prohibit corruption, including extortion and bribery
  • Use ethical recruitment practices, in which recruitment processes are documented and transparent, and costs charged to the workers are transparent, justified and legal
  • Identify and implement efforts to reduce environmental footprints
  • Provide safe work procedures and appropriate personal protective equipment to prevent chemical exposure, and where possible, eliminate worker exposure to harmful chemical, biological and physical agents


Clorox is committed to establishing and maintaining traceability of our palm supply chains to first refiner and mill level. We recognize we must have visibility of the ingredient supply to ensure our palm commitments are effectively communicated and in practice throughout the supply chain to origin regions where palm is grown and harvested. We focus on our high-volume priority suppliers (82% of our 2020 purchases) and have greatly improved our traceability success by working closely with our suppliers and NGO partners. Our traceability work supports our efforts to educate suppliers throughout our supply chains as well as the verification of our sourcing requirements.

Below are the percentages by year of our priority supplier volume traced to first refiner and mill:


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In 2020, Clorox worked with our NGO partner to conduct a supply chain risk profile to better understand specific supplier and regional risks in detail. We have been able to do this because of our advanced traceability efforts outlined above. We will continue to focus on engaging suppliers utilizing the 2020 risk assessment to ensure transparent NDPE policies and work on specific transformation activities that support a positive influence through the supply chain.


On the ground investment: The Aceh Landscape Program

Since 2016, Clorox has supported Earthworm Foundation’s Aceh Landscape Program, which advances long-term, community-level sustainability transformation in the Indonesian region of Aceh Tamiang, Sumatra. The program:

  • Strengthens NDPE policies and practices by commercial actors
  • Improves the livelihood prospects of communities
  • Builds capacity of local government to conduct spatial planning and district development processes that are inclusive and data-driven.

Between 2016 and 2019, the program contributed to a 60% reduction in deforestation and diversified the livelihoods of more than 2,000 households in communities where we source our ingredients and strengthened local leadership and entrepreneurship of women and youth. We also provided technical support for palm oil replanting in Indonesia, training over 300 people, including 150 high school students and members of a young farmers group.

In 2019, Clorox increased its leadership efforts in this program by joining its Coalition Team, providing strategic input for supporting a multi-year strategy impacting forests, workers, livelihoods, industry and partnerships with governments, society partners and private sector actors and .

In 2019, we joined a new multi-stakeholder project, facilitated by BSR, which focuses on ensuring safety and well-being of workers in palm growing and harvesting in Indonesia. We also supported a series of workshops to deepen understanding of labor issues and identified a set of palm oil producers in Indonesia who are committed to collaboration to improve plantation management practices related to working conditions and worker welfare.

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