Sustainable Coconut Oil
Working with smallholder farmers in the Philippines and Indonesia to improve sustainability across the coconut supply chain
Naturally occurring in coconuts, coconut oil is a versatile emollient that is recognized for its nourishing and moisturizing properties. Partnering with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Cargill pioneered sustainability standards for coconut oil, producing among the world’s first Rainforest Alliance Certified copra.
As one of the leading manufacturers of coconut oil, Cargill is committed to playing its role in improving sustainable coconut oil production practices around the world. We partner with others to help improve sustainable practices for coconut oil production and contribute to industry and sector research. These partnerships are helping to train farmers in best agricultural practices, provide them with access to markets, and support health and education programs in their communities. We also partner with other organizations to drive improvements across the coconut sector and encourage responsible labor practices.
Between 2011 and 2019, more than 4,100 coconut farmers in The Philippines and Indonesia have been trained in Good Agricultural and processing Practices (GAP) as well as Farm Management practices. About 1,600 farmers received additional training and have been certified against the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard. Farmers who were trained and certified, have on average a 47% higher income than farmers who didn’t participate in the programme.
SCNO farmers feedback:
"Through the CocoFBS training, I learned whether my farm business is losing or gaining. Before, I did not practice any record keeping, but now, even in just a notebook, I try to record everything. My production doubled after I started applying Good Agricultural Practices".
Arturu P. Cataylo, Brgy. San Pedro, Sogod,
Southern Leyte, Philippines