Natural Habitats has gone the distance in planning and executing a supply chain that meets many sustainable certifications. Our Quality Assurance Program is second to none in the oil industry with a commitment to the finest quality finished products that are organic and fair trade.
Palm Done Right isn’t just a philosophy, it’s a way of doing business. That’s why we rely on third party certifications to ensure that our palm oil production practices are meeting the highest sustainability criteria. The USDA's and the European Union's Organic certification programs, and the Fair For Life fair trade standard provide clear guidelines for farmers and producers to follow. They involve annual, independent—and stringent—audits to hold all accountable. Nearly all conventional RSPO palm oil that is imported into North America is not Identity Preserved, which means that only a small percentage of the oil actually comes from certified sources. The entire supply chain for Natural Habitats’ North American customers, comes from individually RSPO certified farms, which equates to a 100% RSPO Identity Preserved supply chain.
Third party certifications are an important tool for verifying and measuring a company's accountability. Palm Done Right starts with a commitment of the project developer to go beyond the standards throughout all levels of an organization. Palm Done Right participants aren't doing what they do for a label. They're doing what they do to carry out their vision of using oil palm farming and production—Palm Done Right—as a method for making the world a better place.
Natural Habitats’ sourcing and production model is based on a participative and inclusive model with small farms and plantations in Northwestern Ecuador and Sierra Leone. We maximize economic and social impact with price premiums paid to growers and programs to enhance soil fertility, along with community based programs that fund local health care and schools.
Biodiversity and Forest Conservation
We meet the highest international standards, with third party certification from the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), for protection of the rain forest in Ecuador and Sierra Leone. Our farm and production practices encourage regional biodiversity from Certified Organic growing methods, and we have many programs in place to preserve the habitats of native species and the integrity of the land.
The Importance of Organic
Use of organic production techniques: the use of organic practices, ecological balance, sustainability, natural plant fertilization, natural pest management, soil integrity, minimum tillage, and avoidance of pesticides and herbicides use encourage suitable conditions for soil fauna and flora as well as soil forming, conditioning and nutrient cycling in our farms and farmers’ plantations.
Organic fertilization: We encourage the use of organic compost for soil fertilization. This practice saves on the use of artificial fertilizer, energy, and resources; while at the same time contributes to soil carbon sequestration. Any crop inputs for soil and nutrient improvement or pest mitigation must meet strict International Organic Standards. The entire supply chain is certified by Ecocert, a long standing and internationally recognized independent organic certifier
Renewable energy: Use of fossil fueled equipment is avoided as much as possible. Irrigation is not required for palm oil farming, due to the high levels of yearly rainfall in the growing region.