The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders.
KLK is one of the founding members of RSPO and fully committed to the ongoing journey to a 100 % sustainability standard for palm (kernel) oil derivatives. This means reaching the equilibrium of environmental priorities, social equity, and surging economic demands. Most KLK plantations are RSPO certified and all are planned to be by the end of 2015. The production sites of Emmerich (DE), Moerdijk (NL), Ougrée (BE), and Hedingen (CH) are all RSPO certified, which means we are able to verify sustainable palm oil at every step of the supply chain.
It is an advantage to have the complete oleochemical supply chain under one roof, not only for us, but also for our customers. KLK runs its plantations according the RSPO’s Principles & Criteria and even goes beyond RSPO. Every global brand is protecting the very integrity for its end-products and is thus pledging for traceability to a trustworthy source. With KLK, our customers have the choice to buy broad range of products that are certified for sustainability, from workhorses to specialties.
In the years to come, the demand for sustainable products will grow. Our customers will profit from the backwards integration up to the KLK plantations allowing for a secure supply of certified sustainable raw materials.

Impact of RSPO at the plantation

KLK adopts the Principles & Criteria (“P&C”) set out by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (“RSPO”)
as the foundation of its sustainability practices, and is further guided by the following policies:No deforestation

  1. Protection of peat areas
  2. Drive positive socio-economic impact for people and communities

KLK ensures that our palm oil is produced in a manner that is environmentally sustainable.
In practice this means:Use of best practices including zero burning and good water management

  • Improving yield which translates to efficient use of land
  • Protecting of high conservation value areas including areas with rare, threatened and endangered species
  • Prudent use of fossil fuels
  • Driving positive socio economy development in areas where KLK operates

Source: KLK sustainability policy

Product portfolio readily available

Our portfolio of certified sustainable products is very broad as shown in the table below. This enables our customers to create formulations claiming all the palm oil is certified as sustainable.

Greenbentin                       Alkoxylates with at least 30 % renewable raw material
Imbentin Alkoxylates
Kosteran Sorbitan esters
Kotilen Polysorbates
PALMERA Fatty acids and glycerine
PALMERE Methyl esters
PALMERGY Methyl esters
PALMEROL Fatty alcohols
PALMESTER Fatty esters
PALMFONATE Sulphonated methyl esters
PALMOCOL Alkanolamides
PALMOSALT Soap noodles
PALMOWAX Ethylene bis stearamides
Sympatens Alkoxylates for personal care
Tensagex Alcohol ethersulphates
Tensianol Syndets
Tensiorex Pearlisers
Tensomild Sulphosuccinates
Tensopol Alcohol sulphates

Supply chain of palm oil derivatives

With increased focus on sustainability and brand integrity, we expect that the demand for certified sustainable palm oil derivatives will increase in the coming years. KLK has many years of experience in managing the supply chain and created an excellent, integrated setup. Our customers can profit from that to have a reliable and trustworthy source for their key raw materials.

Why use RSPO products?

Consumer awareness about palm oil is significant and growing, both for food and non-food products. The industry has to source sustainably in order to retain customer loyalty in the sector where brand is the main equity. We offer the choice to buy palm (kernel) oil derivatives with RSPO certification.
You can challenge us with the products you need as MB or SG, as this enables you to integrate sustainability in your business.

The journey of full sustainability and traceability is ongoing and you are invited to join us.

What is RSPO?

RSPO is a not-for-profit organisation that unites stakeholders from the 7 sectors of the palm oil industry: oil palm producers, processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, and environmental & social non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.

The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria, which companies must comply with, in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). They ensure the smallest possible impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions.
The RSPO has more than 1,700 members worldwide who represent all links along the palm oil supply chain. They have committed to produce, source and/or use sustainable palm oil certified by the RSPO.


Principles & criteria

RSPO P&C are made up of eight core principles that plantations and mills
must comply with in order to attain certification.

8 Principles of Sustainable Production of Palm Oil

  • Commitment to transparency
  • Compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Commitment to long-term economic and financial viability
  • Use of appropriate best practices by growers and millers
  • Environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity
  • Responsible consideration of employees and of individuals and communities affected by growers and mills
  • Responsible development of new plantings
  • Commitment to continuous improvement in key areas of activity

Source: RSPO Impact Report 2014

Supply chain model mass balance (MB)

The Mass Balance (MB) Model allows mixing of certified oil and non-certified oil at any stage of the supply chain, provided that the overall certified oil quantities used are controlled and accounted for. The key point for the MB models is that the volume of products shipped must never exceed the volume received by the end user. The basis of the supply chain requirements for the MB model consists of reconciliation between the quantity of RSPO material bought, and the quantity of RSPO certified products delivered. There are no additional requirements for separate storing or control in the production process. (source KLK)

Supply chain model segregated (SG)

The Segregation (SG) Model assures that all of the physical products originate from only RSPO-certified oil. This approach requires that RSPO-certified palm oil is kept separate from materials of non-RSPO certified origin at every stage of production, processing, refining, and manufacturing, throughout the supply chain. This model, however, does allow the mixing of RSPO certified palm oil and its derivatives from various sources. (source KLK)