Sustainable Palm Oil

Frequently asked questions 


We seek to operate with transparency and ethics when it comes to our use of Palm Oil.  We are proud to be 100% certified by RSPO (The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) and buy only from a segregated supply chain.  If you would like to know more about our supply and use of sustainable palm fruit oil, read on......

Q. How is sustainable palm fruit oil different? 

Here at Nairn’s, we are very aware of the environmental issues surrounding the production of palm oil and therefore work with the with RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil) to ensure all the palm oil we buy is sustainably sourced. This means the palm oil we use is made in such a way that you can be confident production is sustainable, and produced without causing harm to the environment or to society.

The RSPO complete strict audits and checks to ensure that producers comply with their criteria for sustainably sourced palm oil and that orangutans and other wildlife are not at threat. Such criteria include measures to protect soil fertility, waste disposal, water management, support of local communities and crucially that new plantations have not replaced primary forest or high conservation grade areas.


Q. Can you prove you ONLY use sustainable palm oil? 

Yes. we only use fully sustainable palm oil 100% certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). This RSPO website shows you that we have to prove to an external auditor that we have purchased enough sustainable palm to make all the stock that we sell where we state the use of sustainable palm. 

We also have to prove that we keep it separate in our storage areas and that all recipes are correct as well as checking that our suppliers are certified with RSPO every week. Our certificate was last renewed with no non-conformances. 

You’ll see on the RSPO website here the difference between the different grades of certification. At Nairn’s we use palm fat which meets the standard for the segregation model, so we can be absolutely sure that the palm fat we buy has always been kept separate from non-certified palm products.


Q. What is a segregated supply chain and why is it important? 

We go one step further to ensure that all the sustainable palm oil we use comes from a segregated supply chain. This means that the certified sustainable palm oil has to be sourced, milled, refined and manufactured separately from uncertified sources (the latter uncertified sources being where most of the negative press comes from.) We regularly look at other ways to ensure that the Palm Oil we buy meets the strictest criteria, and as further developments are made, we will investigate them. 

Please click here to find out more about the certification process, and the different grades of certification here.

For further information on replanting, you'll find details here.


Q. Why don't you use other oils e.g flaxseed, canola in your products?

 Many people ask why we use Palm Oil at all. Palm Oil is one of the most used edible oils in the world. We use certified sustainable palm fruit oil in our oatcakes as it has unique functional properties other oils do not have. It is a non-hydrogenated source of fat which is naturally free of detrimental trans-fatty acids. Palm oil is also cholesterol free, has good digestibility properties and contains a high level of anti-oxidants (vitamin E). It is also more stable than sunflower and olive oils and therefore less prone to rancidity, which is key to helping ensure consumers can enjoy great quality oatcakes time after time.


Q. Do you ever investigate alternatives? 

We have looked for alternatives to palm oil, but have not yet found one which has the same functional properties as sustainable palm oil which is carefully sourced from a segregated supply chain.

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