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Sicco: "In our procurement process, we always consider the impact on the environment and human rights to minimise any adverse impact or prevent it altogether.It all starts with transparency. Over the coming period, we will focus efforts on mapping out our entire supply chain, i.e. not only our suppliers, but also their suppliers, and the suppliers before them. Only when we know who has handled our raw materials, what their policy is, and where they are based will we be able to make the best possible assessment of potential risks. If any risks are identified, we engage with the suppliers or regulatory bodies, in the same way as we are already doing now for palm oil through RSPO certification, so as to reduce risks and ultimately prevent them altogether."

"A number of ingredients, such as palm oil, soy, cocoa, and coconut oil, are receiving a lot of attention these days because they are known to involve risks such as deforestation and human rights violations. With this in mind, Vreugdenhil will explore options for segregated certification of high-risk ingredients, instead of mass balance certification. This is how we contribute to creating a transparent supply chain where people and the environment are respected."