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The first meeting for RSPO FFB Legality and Traceability Task Force kicked off recently in Jakarta, Indonesia. The newly established task force held a mandate to work towards producing an improved supply chain standard to assure the traceability of robust Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB).
A large scale experimental study of the relationship between habitat complexity, biodiversity, ecosystem function and yield in the oil palm landscape is currently underway as a collaborative research project between the University of Cambridge and Smart Research Institute.The BEFTA Project demonstrates the potential strength of research collaborations between industry and universities.
RSPO Indonesia has recently organised a Train the Trainers for Smallholder Facilitator 2015 to encounter the needs of preparing smallholder facilitators on the process of guiding smallholders towards RSPO certification. Held in Bogor, Indonesia, the 5-days training was the fourth held after the first training was initiated in 2010.
Negative effects of a palm oil boycott, together with the need to speed up the regional process to only use certified sustainable palm oil, were two of the key issues discussed during a well-attended seminar on sustainable palm oil in Stockholm.
In a workshop in Jakarta, RSPO members and other participants were recently introduced to the practical aspects of designing and implementing compensation projects, including remediation and compensation procedures.
What happens when you fail to build your “social license to operate”? Greater activism, consumer backlash, litigation, regulation and political interference among other. This and other related topics were discussed by RSPO grower members who converged on the Indonesian capital in early February–the future enablers of solutions that inspire the industry.
During a whirlwind trip to Europe, the RSPO Director General engages on sustainable rural development via a Forests, Farms & Finance Initiative (3Fi) workshop, culminating with a meeting with the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the occasion of the European Sustainable Palm Oil initiative launch.
Latin America is the second largest palm oil producing region in the world. With the rising global demand for certified sustainable palm oil, RSPO is ramping up its efforts to help the growing number of members in this region.
The High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) is all about improving the consistency and quality of the work of HCV assessors around the world. Here are some insights into the new HCV ALS system.
On Sep 16th 2014, the Finnish NGO Finnwatch published a report on suspected violations of labour rights on Malaysian palm plantations belonging to the RSPO Member Company IOI Group. The report specifically referred to RSPO certified estates in the Malaysian states of Johor and Negeri Sembilan. Further to the report, the RSPO Secretariat has visited the Bkt Serampang and Bahau Estates on 12 September and then the Regent Estate on 26 Sept 2014 and carried out on the ground investigations.