Sustainable Sourcing Strategy

Client: Seventh Generation, Inc.
Location: Burlington, Vermont, USA
In 2008-2009, STC assisted the US industry leader in socially and ecologically responsible detergents, Seventh Generation, Inc. of Burlington, Vermont, in developing a sustainable sourcing strategy for its palm oil ingredients.  Over a period of several months, STC provided strategic consultations and technical reports to senior management and purchasing staff of this innovative consumer products company. STC introduced Seventh Generation staff to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the range of associated stakeholders involved in the global palm oil industry, including major producer companies in Southeast Asia and environmental and social non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

STC assisted the company in creating a specific sustainable palm oil ingredient sourcing strategy during the RSPO Annual Meeting in Bali, Indonesia in November 2008.  Thereafter, STC organized field visits for senior Seventh Generation product design and sourcing staff to prospective palm oil supplier candidates in Southeast Asia.  In early 2009, STC assisted Seventh Generation in developing logistical plans and purchasing contracts for certified sustainable palm kernel oil (PKO).