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Plamil
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 9 out of 28

Sustainability summary

Plamil has achieved the D-label. Plamil has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Plamil Foods Ltd.
Head office: Folkestone, England
Sector: Chocolate brands
Categories : Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Spreads
Free Tags: EU organic, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, SOIL

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Plamil sustainability score report

Last edited: 9 September 2016 by Berber
Last reviewed: 9 September 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Plamil implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as using renewable electricity at its premises, meaning both Plamils' factory and office. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Plamil does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. It is therefore not clear if the implemented measures actually helped to reduce the total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Plamil mentions to use only renewable energy in their factory and office areas, but does not make clear from what kind of resource, nor provides any further details. Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Plamil does not communicate information on total target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations. Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations? Plamil does not communicate a policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 out of 11
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 5% of its volume? Plamil communicates it only contracts organic / fairly traded cocoa for all production. It is not specified however, whether all chocolate products are certified according to standards like Organic, SOIL Association, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance and / or Fairtrade. It is to assume however, that the majority of its products are environmentally certified. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for 100% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand use environmentally certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Plamil does not specify whether its purchased ingredients other than cocoa are bought at environmentally certified sources. In any case, all products do not contain nuts and are vegan. Source
8. Does the brand use other environmentally certified ingredients, such as milk, sugar, oils or fats for its products? See remark for environmental policy question 7. Source
9. Does the brand source sustainable palm oil for all its products only? Plamil only uses palm oil in their "Organic Chocolate Spreads". Furthermore it mentions to only use palm oil that is sourced from a non Asian organic and sustainable RSPO supply chain that has been independently audited. According to which RSPO standard is not specified however. Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Plamil implements several measures related to more sustainable packaging such as using biodegradable or recyclable packaging, but does not publish the annual packaging volumes/weights per material type. Source
11. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Plamil implements several measures to reduce its waste material footprint, such as re-using and recycling their received packaging. However, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are not made public. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

4 out of 11
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? Plamil does not communicate anything on an effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification. Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? Plamil communicates it only contracts organic / fairly traded cocoa for all production. It is not specified however, whether all chocolate products are certified according to standards like UTZ, Rainforest Alliance and / or Fairtrade. It is to assume however, that the majority of its products are socially certified. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) purchase all cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand use socially certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Plamil does not communicate whether its fillings and/or additional ingredients are from socially certified sources. Source
9. Does the brand use other socially certified ingredients, such as milk, oils or fats for its products? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand use socially certified sugar for all its products? Plamil does not clearly communicate whether it uses socially certified sugar for its chocolate products only. Source
11. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of cocoa suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of cocoa? Plamil does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source