LONDON, December 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Elementis Specialties is now offering personal care industry customers BENTONE® organoclays that contain palm oil derivatives that have been certified in accordance with the standard of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). "Elementis Specialties has discontinued the use of palm oil and palm oil derivatives that do not comply with RSPO in our organoclays. In doing so, we are taking a definitive stance on sustainability to better support our customers in reaching their sustainability targets," said Luc van Ravenstein, Global Business Unit Director of the Personal Care Business. Elementis Specialties is one of the leading suppliers of raw materials for the cosmetics industry and uses, among other feedstock, derivatives of palm oil.
In December 2014, the Elementis manufacturing site in Livingston, Scotland, was certified to handle palm oil derivatives via the audited Mass Balance system, whereby a specific volume of sustainable palm oil derivatives enters the supply chain and is traced throughout.
As a member company of RSPO, Elementis Specialties is working to fulfill the vision of making the use of sustainable palm oil and palm oil derivatives the norm. Elementis Specialties seeks to protect and conserve the rich biodiversity found in tropical palm forests by using palm oil sourced from sustainable palm plantations that are responsible and responsive to the issues of soil degradation, biodiversity, local peoples and land rights.
About Elementis Specialties Inc.
Elementis Specialties Inc. provides innovative rheology control additives that are used to enhance the performance of our customers' products and is part of the Elementis plc group. In 2013, Elementis plc (the "Company") had annual sales of more than $770 million and employed over 1,300 people worldwide. Elementis operates in more than 30 locations, including 18 manufacturing sites, in 9 countries. Elementis plc has a premium listing on the UK London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 250 Index, making it one of the 350 largest companies in the UK by market capitalization. As well as being a member of the FTSE4Good Index, Elementis participates in the Ecovadis sustainable supply management programme in which it holds a silver level recognition. Best in class product quality, technical support and customer service are the critical competencies of Elementis Specialties Inc. and provide the platform to deliver value to the coatings, construction, oilfield drilling and personal care markets.
SOURCE Elementis Plc