For over a century, Kuala Lumpur-headquartered Emery Oleochemicals has remained as the foremost global natural-based specialty chemical manufacturer by staying focused on what matters to stakeholders. It stands to reason that in 2016, the company is focused on Goals 8, 9, 12, 13, 15 & 17 for next-generation sustainable solutions and best practices that will help it stay ahead of the competition and unlock new avenues for growth beyond the horizon.
In 2016 Emery embarked on several SDG related initiatives to be an oleochemicals industry leader in the adoption of sustainable palm oil as the opportunity for palm oil is positive and it remains the world’s most productive vegetable oil despite perception issues. A key SDG strategy for the company was to provide enhanced transparency in the supply chain. Going beyond the practice of tracing sources of palm oil to mill, Emery embarked on a pilot study to trace and map the various smallholders as sources of the oil it procures. This entailed developing a digital traceability application to provide smallholders with visibility in the procurement process and furnish real-time data to assess their “Sustainability” credibility.
The pilot project engaged 118 smallholders and data was used to develop an online dashboard that provided critical information such as exact location and size of the farm plot, farm yield, maturity of crops and even the gender of smallholders. Specific data from the application can be overlaid with other GIS information- such as open source NASA satellite imagery of burning data, to ascertain if smallholders are currently practicing, or have practiced, slash and burn tactics. By gaining such ‘Big Data’, Emery was better placed to procure their materials from responsible sources thus dispelling any concerns that stakeholders have.
” This innovation has since 2016 helped Emery increase the efficacy of its traceability commitments, apply better assessment of suppliers, manage reputational risks and be more accountable to stakeholders” said Ramesh Kana, Group Chief Executive Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer, Emery Oleochemicals. Moving forward, Emery will extend its scope to other sourcing areas and map 3000 smallholders as part of its sourcing pool by end 2019. The data will enable Emery to develop a traceability dashboard to facilitate responsible procurement and aid in the introduction of a zero burning procurement policy.
8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
13 Climate Action
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
15 Life on Land
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss