DuPont Nutrition & Health (N&H) is the largest producer of emulsifiers in the world. The raw materials used for emulsifiers are vegetable oils, mainly palm oil. Emulsifiers perform essential functions in several food products, including stabilizing emulsions, securing the right mouth feel, product appearance, overcoming raw material variations as well as extending the period in which products stay fresh.
In 2014, DuPont N&H announced that all palm oil used for producing emulsifiers at the Grindsted facility in Denmark will be based on Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) as from 1st January 2015. CSPO is palm oil that has been grown on a plantation managed and certified according to accepted principles and criteria. This means that the plantation is established on land that doesn’t contain significant biodiversity, wildlife habitat or other environmental values. Moreover, it meets the highest environmental, social and economic standards. Parallel with these initiatives, DuPont N&H remains best in class when it comes to documenting the environmental impacts from emulsifiers through lifecycle assessment.
From a sustainability perspective, palm oil is a leading driver of global deforestation, which causes 10 to 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, market and customer demands dictate a strong commitment in this area. A number of global food and beverage manufacturers have made significant commitments to source all palm oil sustainably from certified, traceable sources.