Palm oil is a natural product utilized by several different industries for a diverse range of products and processes. Its harvest is a major contributor to rainforest deforestation and the effects are exacerbated by increasing global demand. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a non-profit organization which sets environmental and social standards for the sustainable harvest of this product.

RSPO involves different stakeholders from the palm oil industry and aims to provide holistic standards for sustainable palm oil. The intent of RSPO certification is to minimize the palm oil industry’s negative environmental and social impacts. Palm oil producers must change their practices and undergo auditing for their product to be labeled as Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO).

Ashland uses palm oil in our personal care products. As a commitment to the sustainability of our supply chain and the protection of the world’s rainforests, Ashland plans to restrict palm oil purchases to only CSPO by 2025.

Ashland is proud to take this step towards protecting our natural resources and affected communities; however, we understand there is uncertainty as to the effectiveness of RSPO standards and CSPO certification. When and if new palm oil initiatives are introduced, Ashland will evaluate all options for our palm oil supply chain.


Ashland is the leading global producer of cellulose ethers. The wood-based cellulose used at Ashland are sourced from suppliers that have active sustainability programs and have implemented zero deforestation business practices. Our suppliers have made commitments to utilize certification standards set by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Both standards cover responsible forest management and assure consumers that product can be traced back to FSC- or PEFC-certified sources.

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