PCC SE, headquartered in Duisburg, Germany, is the holding company of the PCC Group, which is an international chemicals group, that is also active in the logistics and energy sectors. With more than 3,400 employees in 18 countries, the PCC Group generated consolidated sales of EUR 683.2 million in 2017. In the first nine months of 2018 Group sales rose to EUR 590.7 million. More than 80% of these revenues is generated by the five segments of PCC’s Chemicals Division.
How will your organisation promote the RSPO internally and to other stakeholders?
By becoming an Ordinary Member of RSPO we will inform our stakeholders and also our employees and all of our subidiaries about our commitment. The effect of combining business activity and the idea of sustainable development is the RSPO certificate granted to the company, which allows balanced consumption of raw materials on the basis of certified palm oil, and tracking them within the supply chain. Employees of our subsidiaries, which process/handle/trade palm-based derivatives and fractions, are engaged in various activities and participate in many conferences, meetings and training relating to promoting and implementing the concept of business ethics. PCC’s operations relating to development, innovation and expansion to new, international markets, are aimed at promoting business ethics based on the developed Code of Ethics for employees and stakeholders, in particular suppliers of raw materials and services.
Where relevant, what processes is the organisation establishing to engage with interested parties, for example to resolve conflict or to use sustainably produced palm oil?
PCC is aware of the importance that all links in the supply chain concerning the production and processing of palm oil, starting from plantations and ending with the end user cooperate with each other, mutually support and work in an environmentally and socially responsible way.
All PCC´s subsidiaries, which process palm oil products or downstream products, continuously promote the principles of sustainable palm oil when dealing with industry associations, NGOs or other stakeholders. Our goal is to capitalize on the institutional framework of the RSPO to effect change. Through its relationships with all relevant stakeholders PCC will continuously support sustainability improvements in the palm oil supply chain. We support the idea of sustainable palm oil production and the dialogue initiated by the RSPO organization that has developed, implemented and promotes basic, global standard of sustainable development in relation to the products made from the palm oil. PCC will support the efforts of RSPO in further improvement of mechanisms supporting the sustainable production of palm oil and its processing in the entire supply chain.
Where relevant, how will your organisation work towards implementing the RSPO Principles and Criteria or assessing supplier performance against these criteria?
All our subsidiaries, which process palm oil products or downstream products will advise to it’s suppliers to participate in the RSPO and sign-up to the principles developed by RSPO. PCC will continue to implement the use of certified palm oil and products through the entire value chain. Since in the manufacture of the products PCC buys raw materials, which are derivatives of the palm oil, we pay special attention that our partners share our values, which comprise RSPO Principles and Criteria. PCC cooperates with all stakeholders in the supply chain of palm oil and its derivatives to develop a strategy for mandatory traceability of commodities in accordance with RSPO principles and criteria.
In 2014, our subsidiary PCC Exol, the main palm oil consumer within the PCC Group ( annual usage of the PCC Group: around 27,000 mt per year, there of PCC Exol SA: 21,415 mt in 2017), has implemented the Code of Conduct for Suppliers, under which all suppliers are obliged to conduct their business in accordance with the rules of fair competition, respect for the environment, human rights and safety applicable to both the protection of life and health of people as well as procedural safety.
Any other information that would support the application such as what your organisation hopes to gain from joining RSPO and how it would support RSPO?
PCC consider that the production of chemicals, including surfactants, from which a large number of consumer goods is produced, should be carried out in a sustainable manner, taking into account not only the economic aspects but also environmental and social ones throughout the entire supply chain. We believe that sustainable production of palm oil and its derivatives, which are used to produce surfactants, must be carried out in such a way as to clearly exclude the uncontrolled exploitation of areas with high natural value, such as the natural tropical forests. The cultivation of oil palms must be carried out in a manner consistent with the principles and criteria set out by the RSPO Organization in the document “RSPO Principles & Criteria of Sustainable Palm Oil Production”. Further, we want to have impact on the cultivation of oil palm and palm oil production, to cause that they are conducted with due respect and support the rights of workers and local communities. PCC has identified its role in the support of the vision of sustainable palm oil production in the supply chain. Therefore, our membership in the RSPO organization will motivate us to act in accordance with RSPO P&C, among others, in terms of:
– sustainable and controlled exploitation of areas under oil palm cultivation,
– conservation of biological diversity,
– sustainable palm oil production,
– identification and tracking its trail throughout the entire supply chain,
– reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG),
– respect for human rights, the rights of local labour and their customs and cultures,
– doing business in accordance with the laws and regulations in force applicable to all areas of activity.