AAK has announced the appointment of Judith Murdoch to the post of communications and CSR director.

The company said the new post reinforced AAK’s “continuing commitment to integrate sustainability into every aspect of its business, while also focusing on its environmental and social responsibilities”.

As the UK’s largest importer and processor of palm oil, AAK became a founder member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2004.

With a career background in food and management, Murdoch has previously spent years as marketing manager at AAK.

She said:“CSR couldn’t be more important for our business, not simply because it’s the right or ethical way to behave or because our customers expect us to operate in a certain way. Putting CSR at the heart of everything we do also makes sound business sense.

“Our Hull site now offers RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil across our considerable range of products. The success of our RSPO-endorsed GreenPalm certificate trading programme has also proved that we are not alone in the industry in wanting to bring new, sustainable products to the market.”