Hillyer McKeown is committed to being a Sustainable Palm Oil City Partner

Chester Zoo, Sustainable Palm Oil, SPO, challengeWe at Hillyer McKeown (HM) are committed to taking part in the Sustainable Palm Oil City project and are taking the Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge led by Chester Zoo.

We have been working with the Zoo to identify areas where we can switch current products to those which use Sustainable Palm Oil (SPO). An SPO group has been set up to achieve the task and starting in the kitchen, HM has identified and begun swapping cleaning products to support the campaign for Chester to become the first Sustainable Palm Oil City in the World.

HM has compiled a programme throughout 2019 highlighting initiatives to increase the uptake of SPO across the firm. The commitment includes encouraging individuals to also choose SPO products and brands.

We will continue to work with suppliers to ensure that where palm oil is present in our food or products, it will be sourced from sustainable sources. By doing so we know that we are helping to protect wildlife around the world from the impact of unsustainable agricultural practices.

Sustainable vs unsustainable palm oil

Sustainable Palm Oil (SPO) farming methods do not:

  • convert high value forests
  • burn forests
  • exploit people and the environment.

Unsustainable palm oil can be involved in all of the above. Why is this important? Because the forests of South East Asia which produce palm oil are home to many species which depend on the habitats exploited by unsustainable palm oil practices to survive.

Chester Zoo, Sustainable Palm Oil, SPO, Sustainable Palm Oil CityHow you can get involved in the SPO campaign

Chester Zoo is spearheading the campaign for Chester to become the first Sustainable Palm Oil City in the World. Achieving this requires 5 stars and to achieve the accolade, the Zoo requires key organisations in Chester to get involved.

  • Star 1 – 25 Restaurants, cafes, hotels and fast food outlets (including fish and chip shops).
  • Star 2 – 4 Workplaces that offer staff catering services. (Hillyer McKeown is proud to be the first workplace to take up the challenge!)
  • Star 3 – 2 of 5 Schools, universities, council food outlets and hospitals.
  • Star 4 – 3 Visitor attractions or leisure facilities.
  • Star 5 – 3 Manufacturers or retailers.

The campaign is not only about businesses – everyone can get involved. You might be surprised by the small changes which can make a big difference.

Visit the Act for Wildlife page led by Chester Zoo to find out more about the campaign and how you can support the Sustainable Palm Oil campaign.


Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil. RSPO, SPOIs unsustainable palm oil hiding in your shopping?

Palm oil can be found in many foods and products. So much so that it can be hard to spot. The Zoo’s campaign supports actually using ‘sustainable’ palm oil (from a segregated supply chain), rather than just supporting using SPO.

The industry-led body championing SPO is the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which is backed by the WWF. Visit the website to find out more about RSPO and look out for the logo on products.