Sustainability

Sustainability at LIPSA

LIPSA works to guarantee a supply chain for its raw materials that is safe and sustainable in social, environmental and economic terms.

Why sustainable?

Environment

With our Sustainability Policy we are committed to protecting high carbon stock (HCS) reserves and areas with high conservation value (HCV), as well as avoiding peatland planting and incentivising programmes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The purchase of sustainable raw materials adhering to a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) Policy contributes to the protection of the environment towards the goal of zero deforestation.

Promoting change

LIPSA works with its clients, suppliers and partners, promoting change throughout the supply chain. We believe that it is crucial to work together on an industry level to build sustainable supply chains.

Engaging with our suppliers is key to ensuring that they are working according to our NDPE policy as well as ensuring that they have an action plan in place to guarantee sustainable supply.

Working conditions

Protecting human and worker rights throughout the supply chain is one of our goals. As established in our NDPE policy, ensuring a free and equal working environment, as well as respecting the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in the countries of origin, is part of our roadmap to ensuring responsibility throughout the supply chain.

Action plan

LIPSA develops its NDPE policy through periodically defined action plans that establish specific actions designed to achieve its objectives of protecting the environment and improving social conditions throughout the supply chain.

  • 01

    Policy

    LIPSA's Sustainability Policy

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  • 02

    Action plan

    For period of 2022-2023, implementation of the No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) Policy.

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  • 03

    Progress report

    Sustainabilility progress report 2021

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  • 04

    Dashboard

    Palm Oil Dashboard 2021

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Transformation:
a bet for the future

To promote change and work towards a sustainability supply chain, presence and participation in projects that contribute to the improvement of environmenta and social conditions in the countries of origin is essential.
As Guatemala is one of our major sourcing countries, since 2019 we are actively supporting structural change for social excellence within the Guatemalan palm oil industry, with our partner Earthworm Foundation and GREPALMA (the Palm Grower Association of Guatemala).

Since 2019 we co-founded and participated to the following activities, through collaboration with GREPALMA and Earthworm Foundation:

The Sello GREPALMA.

Strengthening of the social pillar of GREPALMA’s internal standard, the Sello GREPALMA, in order to ensure alignment with best practice.

Social benchmarking

Identification of priority issues, based on a social benchmarking to identify gaps between national practices and international standards, and on a participatory risk mapping.

Implementation plan.

Development of an implementation plan to advance with palm oil companies in building capacity and operationalize the learnings on four priority issues: Human rights defenders.
Community health and safety.
Free, prior and informed consent for the use of the lands (FPIC) and consultation process.
Freedom of association and collective bargaining.

In 2022:

In 2022 we will continue to supporting this joint initiative covered jointly by Earthworm and Grepalma as Guatemala is a major country of origin for Lipsa, in 2021 represented 24% of volume sourced.