• Sustainable commodities

    Soft commodities such as palm oil, cocoa, soy and timber have become key inputs to the global economy, but their production is often associated with serious environmental and ethical issues. We help organisations develop, implement and communicate their sustainable sourcing commitments.

Sustainable commodities

The cheap availability of ‘wonder ingredients’ like soy, palm oil, and pulp has enabled product innovation and the expansion of livestock systems, but the production of these commodities is too often associated with deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions and, in some cases, with forced and child labour.

The process of understanding, tracking, and managing the risk of commodity sourcing is complex and time-consuming, with opaque supply chains and a proliferation of certification standards purporting to ensure sustainable supply.

3Keel believes that the negative impacts of commodity production are not inevitable, and that positive steps can be taken to improve wellbeing in the communities where they occur. We work with food sector companies, NGOs and government to research, collaborate, manage data, benchmark standards, and develop and implement practical and cost-effective strategies for sustainable sourcing.

Practice Lead
Steve Jennings


+44 (0)7979 750693

Sustainable commodities projects and news

European Commission publishes palm oil study

The European Commission have published our review the environmental,…

Palm oil review for European Commission

A study of the environmental, social and economic aspects of palm oil

Palm oil sustainability research

A study of the environmental, social and economic aspects of palm oil

Recovering value from electrical products

Business models for promoting a more circular economy in electricals

The effectiveness of sustainability standards

How effective are standards at driving adoption of sustainability practices

Environmental impacts of livestock feed

Collaborating with the UN FAO to provide retailers with guidance on labels.
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