Company Recognized Again for Excellence in Traceability and Emissions Controls
Corporación Dinant has retained two prestigious International Sustainability and Carbon Certifications – ISCC EU and ISCC Plus – in recognition of the sustainability of its raw materials and products, the traceability of its supply chain, and its control of greenhouse gas emissions.
The audits of Dinant’s African Palm oil plantations and extraction mills in the Lean and Aguán regions of Honduras were carried out by an independent third-party certification body, which determined that the company’s facilities meet the stringent legal requirements of the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive and Fuel Quality Directive.
Company Spokesman, Roger Pineda, commented,“Once again, Dinant has been externally audited by a neutral and credible organization and found to be in compliance with its social and environmental obligations. ISCC EU and ISCC Plus are two highly coveted certifications. I am delighted with the impressive results of the significant resources we have invested to meet stringent international standards regarding the economic, environmental and social impact of our African Palm oil business; the sustainability of our supplies; and our engagement with all local stakeholders.”
In addition to the standard ISCC audit, Dinant underwent an in-depth Social Impact Assessment and a Land Title Legal Review. This was in response to complaints made to the ISCC by two Aguán peasant movements who claimed legal ownership of some Dinant plantations and alleged that they had been involved in social conflicts with the company. The ISCC audits found Dinant to be compliant on both fronts.
Roger Pineda continued, “There are few sustainability certifications which go to such depth, especially regarding the social impact assessment and the land title review. The auditors confirmed that people impacted by our operations can talk to us, personally or anonymously, via our Regional Grievance Mechanisms in ways that are convenient to them. We listen to everyone and do our best to provide constructive solutions. Of course, while we are really proud of the progress we’re making, we know there is still more work to be done.”
Dinant’s biogas recovery unit at its oil extraction mill in the Aguán has enabled the company to reduce its use of fossil fuels by 6 million gallons since 2008.