At Peter Greven, sustainability and responsible use of natural resources have always been fundamental aspects of the corporate philosophy. Therefore, all products are based on natural, renewable raw materials. We strive to keep a focus on sustainability with all of our general corporate actions and our products themselves and also to continuously improve in that area.


Sustainable corporate actions

The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) published the current version of its Responsible Care Global Charter in October 2015. The charter engages all undersigned companies to stick to six aspects of responsible management:

  1. A Corporate Leadership Culture
  2. Safeguarding People and the Environment
  3. Strengthening Chemicals Management Systems
  4. Influencing Business Partners
  5. Engaging Stakeholders
  6. Contributing to Sustainability

Peter Greven GmbH & Co. KG undersigned the Responsible Care Global Charter in April 2018. Therefore, we support the voluntary initiative for sustainable management.

We regard it as our duty to take voluntarily more actions than laws and regulations require.


Within the scope of entrepreneurial sustainability, it is important to keep an eye on a company’s emissions. Therefore, the measurement of the carbon footprint is a good tool.

In cooperation with DFGE, the Institute for Energy, Ecology and Economy we determined the corporate carbon footprint for our headquarters in Bad Münstereifel (Germany) for the first time in 2016. The result showed that our carbon footprint is already lower than the sector average for chemical companies.

Meanwhile, we calculate the corporate carbon footprint in-house once a year. The calculation is based on the GHG Protocol Standard and includes scope 1, 2 and 3. An independent, external review was conducted by the Nova Institute.

We aim to continuously improve our carbon footprint and, therefore, to contribute to more sustainability and climate protection.  The focus is put on

  1. reducing the site-related emissions (scope 1) through our certified energy management
  2. reducing the emissions along the supply chain (scope 3) in close cooperation with our suppliers.

For example, to reduce the emissions along the supply chain we promote stronger use of sustainably certified palm oil. According to a study of Schmidt and De Rosa (2019) the use of sustainable palm oil enables a significant reduction of the carbon footprint when compared to conventional palm oil.

EcoVadis created an international platform for CSR ratings to support sustainability in different supply chains.

Within the scope of their analysis, EcoVadis evaluates the supplier self-assessment in terms of criteria related to environment, social issues, ethics and sustainable sourcing and creates a so-called scorecard. Those scorecards are available in the EcoVadis portal and can be shared directly with customers as well.

We are active on the EcoVadis platform since 2013. After the latest evaluation in August 2021 we received the silver status again. This means our company still belongs to the 25% of top performing companies tested by EcoVadis.

For further information please take a look at the EcoVadis website

Renewable Carbon Initiative

The Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) was founded by nova institute and consists of more than 50 members. It aims to accelerate the transition from fossil to renewable carbons for organic chemicals and materials.

The oleochemical industry is one of the oldest parts of the bioeconomy as it uses vegetable oils and animal fats as feedstock. Our products are based on those raw materials as well and hence are based on renewable carbon.

Since November 2022 we are a member of RCI. We believe that the transition towards renewable carbon can only be achieved by close collaboration along the whole supply chain. Therefore, with our products and our membership in the RCI, we want to make a contribution to the various industries our products are used in.

For further information, please visit RCI website:


Sustainable raw materials

As sustainability and responsible use of natural resources have a high significance at Peter Greven, sourcing of sustainable raw materials – especially when it comes to palm oil – is important.

Within our Palm Oil Sourcing Policy, we commit to our support of sustainable palm oil. We focus on the following topics:

  • Sustainability Certification
  • Supply Chain Transparency
  • Smallholder inclusion and transformation in sourcing countries
  • Stakeholder Collaboration

Therefore, the Peter Greven Group became an official member of RSPO in 2010.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which was founded in 2004, is a non-profit association. It unites stakeholders from seven sectors of the palm oil industry in order to develop and to introduce global standards for sustainable palm oil. Therefore, different certification systems for companies from the palm oil supply chain were developed.

Right after becoming a member of RSPO, no certified raw material was available in the market. As this changed and RSPO Mass Balance (MB) fatty acids became available on the market, our site in Venlo (Netherlands) started all the internal preparations and processes in order to conclude the RSPO certification in accordance with SCCS (Supply Chain Certification System) promptly. In September 2013 Peter Greven  Nederland became the first metallic soap producer to receive the RSPO SCCS certificate which officially confirms the production and distribution of vegetable based stearates and dispersions containing RSPO MB certified ​fatty acid.

After our RSPO MB products were established on the market, we got another opportunity in 2016: As raw material of the next higher certification level, RSPO Segregated (SG), became available, we extended our certification and supplemented our product portfolio by RSPO SG certified products.

So far, we have advanced in a way that our headquarters in Bad Münstereifel (Germany) is RSPO certified since 2015, our site in Penang (Malaysia) since 2017 and our site in Helena, AR (US) since 2021. The sites are certified according to the Mass Balance (MB) model. Therefore, all of our production site have a RSPO certification.

For additional information regarding RSPO please visit the website
You can also check our progress at

There you can also find the most recent list of mills. Together with our suppliers we try to improve the traceability throughout the palm oil supply chain and to enable a traceability back to the plantations in the future.

Forum Nachhaltiges Palmöl (Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil, abbreviation: FONAP) is an association which was founded in 2013. Similar to RSPO it unites several stakeholders including private companies, non-governmental organisations and associations as well as the Federal Ministry for nutrition and agriculture. In the course of FONAP’s work two objectives are pursued: On the one hand, the usage of sustainably grown palm oil shall be increased by the self-commitment of the member companies. On the other hand, the certification systems for sustainable palm oil (RSB, RSPO, ISCC and RAINFORREST ALLIANCE Certification), which are officially accepted by FONAP, shall be continuously developed and enhanced.

Also the producers of derivatives, like Peter Greven, are an important part of the palm oil supply chain. Until recently, those companies were not able to become a member of FONAP as they could only fulfil parts of the necessary self-commitment.

To close this gap within the supply chain and therefore to support the FONAP members to accomplish their goals a new category called “Supporter” was introduced.

We took this chance immediately and our Life Science site Peter Greven Nederland in Venlo became an official Supporter of FONAP in November 2017. Therefore, we hope to further increase our influence on the development and enhancement of standards for sustainably grown palm oil.

For that reason we are now supporting the second stage of the FONAP smallholder project which was started in 2018. The project takes place in cooperation with WWF Germany and the Malaysian non-profit organisation Wild Asia. From July 2018 to June 2019 the first phase took place to check the feasibility of the four additional FONAP-criteria for small farmers. As the results were good, the second phase started in December 2019 to introduce sustainable farming methods and to improve the transparency throughout the whole palm oil supply chain by using a mobile application.

For further information regarding FONAP and their work, please visit their homepage:

Contact Sustainability

Verena Koch
Sustainability Manager


Palm Oil Sourcing Policy

You can find our Palm Oil Sourcing Policy hereafter:

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