Kuala Lumpur, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) refers to a claim made by NTUC FairPrice in the Straits Times article, published on October 16, 2016. The article refers to FairPrice Premium Cooking Oil and FairPrice Vegetable Oil having been certified by NTUC supplier to be from RSPO certified sources. RSPO wishes to inform that the claim made by NTUC Fairprice is not verified in accordance with the RSPO systems and regulations.
The fifth annual European Roundtable will take place on 13 June 2017 in London. Members will discuss how to deliver the EU goal of using 100% CSPO by 2020. In addition to the Roundtable, the RPSO will host several events including its first ever interactive dialogue with its Complaints Panel and training sessions to help familiarize members with the new PalmTrace system.
The RSPO held its first roadshow in Subang, Malaysia to help spread awareness of sustainable palm oil and to support businesses in their journey towards uptake of CSPO. The event outlined the opportunities and impacts of sustainable palm oil certification for smallholders and fostered dialogue between a variety of stakeholders, including Mars Food Malaysia, Wilmar International, and WWF-Malaysia, just to name a few.
At a young age, Wild Asia Group Scheme (WAGS) smallholder Hassan, of Sabah, made a tough decision to follow in his father's footsteps, managing the family oil palm plantation instead of seeking higher education. Follow his journey as he creates new dreams and ambitions through WAGS for the betterment of his family and the environment.
In Sabah, RSPO-certified smallholder, Noraziza, struggles to harmonize her love for conservation with the opportunity to quickly increase her family's income by developing high conservation value land. RSPO is using a jurisdictional approach in Sabah to ensure that land tenure and permits consider high conservation values areas, helping to prevent an unfortunate predicament that many smallholders are faced with.
Colombian-based agribusiness, DAABON Group, are the first in the world to become certified under RSPO NEXT, a voluntary add-on module engaging RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) member companies to exceed the RSPO’s internationally recognised sustainability standard.
The signing of the MoU commitment of the Ecuadorian Government with palm oil producers and civil society marks the start of Jurisdictional Certification process in Ecuador, a first in Latin America.
Firma del acta compromiso del gobierno ecuatoriano con los productores y sociedad civil para la certificacion jurisdiccional de ecuador
Despite huge improvements in the last decade, the production of palm oil continues to drive tropical deforestation. Participants in a recent debate hosted by RSPO and Friends of Europe discussed the state of play and tackled one burning question – how to close the gap between no deforestation commitments and ongoing forest loss.
Some palm oil smallholders in Malaysia are benefiting from the SPOTS programme, which integrates them within global supply chains to promote traceability, certification, and sustainability, in line with RSPO standards.