KUALA LUMPUR, November 20, 2015: The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) 12th General Assembly and 13th Roundtable has ended with new commitments to RSPO NEXT, jurisdictional approach, smallholders, RSPO Auditing procedures and improving the Annual Communication on Progress. The three-day conference themed “Global Vision | Regional Action: From 2015 to 2020”, was attended by over 800 delegates from 44 countries. Notable successes were:
Great news today from the UK, where the UK Statement on sustainable palm oil has just announced new figures that show UK imports of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) rising to as much as 93% of all palm oil imported.
KUALA LUMPUR, November 18, 2015: The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) 13th Annual Roundtable Meeting (RT13) reaffirmed the commitment to drive environmental and social sustainability as corporate leaders, NGOs, policy makers and academics plan their goals for the next five years.
Jakarta, 06 November 2015 – The Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), hari ini, meluncurkan studinya yang pertama mengenai persepsi konsumen terhadap produk kelapa sawit berkelanjutan di Indonesia. Studi ini menunjukkan bahwa pemahaman konsumen Indonesia tentang dampak kelapa sawit terhadap lingkungan dan masyarakat masih sangat rendah.
Under a new sustainable palm oil initiative planned by regional governments in the Malaysian state of Sabah and the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan, all palm oil produced in Sabah and sub-jurisdictions of Central Kalimantan would have to meet RSPO certification standards.
More than 2.2 million smallholders are involved in the global oil palm sector, and together smallholders represent a significant portion of global production. But most lack the funds needed to invest in methods that would increase their yields or improve access to international markets. Here is what is being done about this.
In relation to the report titled “Palm-Oil Migrant Workers Tell of Abuses on Malaysian Plantations”, published by The Wall Street Journal on 26th July 2015, RSPO had asked the independent accreditation body ASI (Accreditation Services International) to undertake a compliance audit on the Certification Bodies involved, as well as an investigation audit on the FELDA units situated in the area linked to the findings in the report.
Jakarta, Indonesia, October 17, 2015 - As a continuation to its support to WWF Indonesia’s #BeliYangBaik campaign, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is running a #BeliYangBaik Writing Competition in Indonesia.
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?