Materials made from palm (kernel) oil are plant-based, and therefore renewable, and can be classified as naturally derived. Therefore, working with these materials can be an important step away from a fossil fuel-based economy and towards a more sustainable future.
Despite the valid controversy around cultivating palm oil, experts and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) agree that replacing palm (kernel) oil with another vegetable oil is not a reasonable solution. Other crops would require significantly more land for cultivation – and overall, this approach would be less sustainable.
NIVEA is involved in the sustainable transformation of the palm oil industry, which denounces deforestation, promotes ecological agricultural practices, respects biodiversity, and secures the livelihood of smallholder farmers.