The castor standard code, SuCCESS, which is managed by the SCA, is the standardized certification criteria for sustainable castor. Currently SuCCESS certified supply represents about 1% of global castor oil supply and includes over 6,200 farmers and 6,000 hectares, per the company.
Castor is an inherently sustainable crop, as it is drought resistant, thrives in marginal soil; can grow on rotation with staples such as cumin, mustard and other local crops and does not compete as a food source, per the company.
The SCA is focused on enabling sustainable castor farming to enhance the environmental, social and economic profile of this versatile crop throughout the supply chain.
Earlier this year, Inolex accompanied Arkema, a founding member of the SCA, to India where over 80% of the world’s supply of castor seed is produced.
Audrey Wesson, corporate sustainability manager at Inolex, commented: “It’s inspiring to see how Arkema, in addition to other SCA members, are supporting farmer prosperity, helping them reduce resource use and adopt best practices while concurrently investing in the health and education of theircommunities.”