Certified products and labelling
Where Coles sources tea, coffee, cocoa and palm oil, for Coles own brand, it is committed to using independent and internationally recognised certification programs in order to support ethical practices and environmental protection in these supply chains.
Coles’ Palm Oil Policy outlines its commitment to support the production of sustainable palm oil through the use of certified sustainable palm oil and palm derivatives. Coles is a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil and has embraced its principles and criteria for sustainable palm oil production. All Coles own brand food and drink products now contain or support sustainable palm oil through the physical supply chain options including Identity Preserved, Segregated and Mass Balance. Coles is also pursuing sustainable palm oil and palm derivatives in Coles own brand homecare, health, beauty and baby products. While these changes are being made, palm oil in Coles own brand non-food products is offset through PalmTrace certificates which support sustainable palm oil farmers and processes.
Coles utilises independent certification programs in sourcing cocoa, coffee and tea to ensure that these commodities are sourced ethically and sustainably, and to help grow a market for independently certified products such as Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ. All Coles own brand loose tea and tea bags are from certified sources, and the business is committed to using certified coffee and cocoa in all Coles own brand coffee, cocoa and chocolate products by 2020.
Kmart and Target have implemented their sustainable materials roadmap. Kmart and Target have set a target to source 100 per cent of cocoa sustainably by 1 July 2019.
Building on this commitment, the first chocolate products marked with the UTZ sustainable cocoa certification were sold at Target at Christmas 2017 and at Kmart at Easter in 2018.
In mid-2017, Kmart announced its intention to source more sustainable cotton by 1 July 2020. Target followed this announcement by launching a project in late 2017 to source more sustainable cotton. You can read more about why Kmart and Target have committed to more sustainable cotton here.