Unilever slaps palm oil supplier SMS with suspension following damning deforestation report

Gabriel Thoumi, a director at the consultancy Climate Advisers, said the palm oil bought by Unilever represented about 8% of SMSS’s total palm oil sales in the first quarter of 2017.

Operating in the leakage market is a high-risk game, for both suppliers and buyers. The big food brands, many of which have strict sourcing policies on the commodity and are members of the RSPO, move increasingly quickly to snub out any potential scandal.

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