Palm Oil

The Est\u00E9e Lauder Companies

Palm Oil

We are committed to the responsible sourcing of palm oil and are working with suppliers, communities and knowledgeable organizations to find sustainable solutions to palm oil sourcing.

Our Statement

We at The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) share the concern about the potential environmental effects of palm oil plantations, including deforestation and the destruction of biodiversity and habitats.

We support the development of sustainable sources of palm oil.  A few of our brands use palm oil, which is extracted from the palm fruit.  We source this palm fruit oil from sustainable sources.
 
In addition, the majority of our brands also use ingredients that are derivatives of palm kernel oil, processed by our suppliers.  We support efforts to encourage the development of sustainably sourced palm kernel oil derivative ingredients.  We have formed an internal palm working group and joined the Natural Resources Stewardship Circle (NRSC), an organization dedicated to sustainable sourcing for the cosmetics industry.  In addition, we are engaging with industry, suppliers and organizations knowledgeable on sustainable palm sourcing, and seeking alternatives to palm kernel oil derivatives.
 
Examples of our actions include:
· The Aveda brand purchases palm fruit oil from a Brazilian supplier certified by IBD Brazil as National Organic Program (NOP) & European Union (EU) Organic as well as EcoSocial. In some products, Aveda uses palm kernel oil derivative ingredients processed by our suppliers. 
 
· Our Ojon brand uses some palm fruit oil and palm kernel oil sourced from a sustainably-managed forest and supplied by a community in Honduras, in addition to using palm kernel oil derivative ingredients processed by our suppliers.
 
· We are exploring alternatives to palm kernel oil derivative ingredients. For example, Aveda has developed ingredients derived from certified organic babassu oil harvested by local communities in Brazil.
 
· ELC, as a part of the NRSC palm oil working group, is directly involved in industry/supplier discussions on sustainable sourcing and availability. The NRSC is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
 
We are committed to acting responsibly and will continue to work with our suppliers to find the best ways to encourage and support the development of sustainable palm kernel oil sources.