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SuCCESS – Sustainable Castor Project - First Certificate issued by DNV India

Arkema - Sustainable Castor assessment

Arkema is a founding member of the Pragati initiative to drive sustainable castor oil farming in Gujarat, India, where 80 percent of the world’s supply of castor beans is produced. Since 2016, Arkema and its partners, BASF, Jayant Agro-Organics Ltd., and Solidaridad, have worked to educate and certify farmers to help: use good agricultural practices to increase yield, and therefore, income; efficiently use water resources and maintain soil fertility; drive adoption of good waste management practices; and enable enhanced health and safety practices and human rights. 

The company's Marseille site is responsible for the production of amino 11 and other castor oil by-products, and its Serquiny site is responsible for the production of polyamide from the amino 11 produced in Marseille. Arkema, France is the first site to be certified under the SuCCESS sustainable castor certification which was done by DNV France and supported by Lead Auditor, Technical review and certification from India and other coordination done by DNV France.

The audit was a multi-site audit which covered Arkema France Head Office and manufacturing sites at Serquigny and Marseille. The audit was cleared successfully by the organization and SuCCESS Certificate was signed and issued by DNV India which was released on 8th April 2022.

On receiving the news Mr. Prakash Tikare, Area Manager IME (DNV-SCPA), quoted: "Castor producers may not be large in numbers, however this service supports our strategy and widen our offering in SCM and Assurance. A great collaboration of different units has helped in delivering the first certificate. Thanks to all or their efforts and commitment”.

About Arkema France: Arkema France is a member of sustainable castor association and promoter for the sustainable castor project. The company has its head office at 420 rue d’Estienne d’Orves 92705 Colombes Cedex and two manufacturing sites at Serquigny and Marseile for sustainable castor products. At Marseille mainly amino 11 and heptanol are obtained by cracking at very high temperatures. Amino 11 is then trans-formed into polyamide at the Serquiny site. Arkema group was created in October 2004, following the reorganization of Total’s Chemicals branch. It produces Rilsan monomer and Oléris products, from castor oil and also it is a leader in Specialty Materials with products for Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions. It is a certified member of the sustainable castor association. M Guillemet, Director of Specialty Purchasing, including castor oil, is also the President of the Sustainable Castor Association.

How can DNV help?

DNV is accredited by the Sustainable Castor Association to conduct SuCCESS Supply Chain Code Audits. Our experienced auditors have many years of practice in the field of supply chain assessment and certification and offer you professional expertise throughout the entire certification process: from preparation and planning to the audit itself - we support you every step of the way. If you want to know more about SuCCESS sustainable castor certification visit here.