CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. has committed to source all of its palm oil from sustainable sources by the end of 2015.

“Some organizations have raised concerns that unless it is sourced responsibly, palm oil can contribute to deforestation in parts of the world,” the company said in a policy statement. “Kroger recognizes the benefits of using responsibly-sourced palm oil in all of our corporate-brand products. We also recognize this is a developing issue for many of our suppliers, and we are committed to working with them to improve sustainability in the palm oil production supply chain.”

The company will purchase its palm oil from suppliers certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and will disclose progress toward this goal in the annual sustainability report.