Students at Universiti Putra Malaysia got a taste of sustainable palm oil thanks to an academic writing competition organized by the RSPO, topped off by an awards ceremony attended by RSPO staff.
A growing number of companies that use palm oil products are now expected to have RSPO certification. But what does this involve in practice for group certification?
Six initiatives, 9,300 smallholders, about 42,000 ha of land, and 1 million euro of financial assistance--take a global view of RSPO's smallholder initiatives, including their achievements and challenges.
Thailand was the first market in the world to have its independent smallholders RSPO-certified under group certification. As of 2015, this smallholder initiative just keeps on growing.
What if RSPO members were helped not only to comply with the Principles & Criteria, but also to exceed them? This is now possible with RSPO Next, which "pushes the envelope" on issues such as deforestation, peatland development and indigenous peoples' rights.
Through the Global Forest Watch online mapping system, anyone can find out the origin of the haze hotspots, making the palm oil supply chain more transparent.
ISEAL's "Challenge the Label" tool helps company buyers who are faced with numerous sustainability labels to test which claims are credible. Here, ISEAL explains how RSPO members can maximize benefits from the campaign.
In India much remains to be done to transform the market to a more sustainable footing. However, some businesses are leading the way. Among those is Galaxy Surfactants, a leader in supplying products to some of the world’s most famous FMCG brands, recently certified by the RSPO.
Smallholders account for 30% of the total global production of palm oil. In this essay, RSPO Director General Datuk Darrel Webber, pays tribute to this sector of the industry and their growing role in the RSPO.
Yesterday the Norges Bank took the decision to exclude RSPO members IJM and Genting Berhad from the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG). Daewoo International Corporation and its parent company POSCO were also excluded from the GPFG.