On the occasion of the 2nd Africa Sustainable Palm Oil Conference, co-sponsored by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), participants from Africa iterated an encouraging request for increased involvement by the RSPO to support the development of sustainable palm oil in Africa.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) announced in July 2016 that RSPO’s endorsement of GreenPalm ends December 2016. From January 2017, the Book and Claim supply chain model will be supported by the trade of RSPO Credits. This article includes the latest up-to-date information on this transition.
Kuala Lumpur, 27 September 2016 - Today Greenpeace has undertaken a series of actions to block the facilities of IOI at the Port of Rotterdam, to raise the public attention on the fires burning the Indonesian rainforest and threatening endangered species such as orangutans. The haze from these fires has been drifting across to Singapore, Malaysia and other countries in Southeast Asia.
For the first time in China, the RSPO held its consumer-oriented “Say Yes to Sustainable Palm Oil” campaign in Beijing and Shanghai in collaboration with City Shop. In line with China’s Qixi Festival, otherwise known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day, the romantically-themed activities introduced sustainable palm oil to shoppers and encouraged them to support sustainable palm oil through concrete action.
From 1 January 2017, RSPO will no longer endorse GreenPalm certificates, which support the Book and Claim model. Instead, the model will be supported by the trade of RSPO Credits through the UTZ platform, to facilitate easy switching between the four supply chain models. The result? It will no longer be possible for the GreenPalm logo to be used to make a claim associated to RSPO, with a phase-out period. Find out more about the upcoming changes here and how they can affect you.
With support from Wilmar International Limited’s (Wilmar) subsidiary, PT Tania Selatan, and financial assistance from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Smallholder Support Fund, a group of more than 2,700 independent smallholders covering 5,500 hectares (ha) in South Sumatra, Indonesia, received the RSPO certification on 16 June 2016, making it the world’s largest individual group of independent smallholders ever to be certified.
As Latin American farmers increasingly opt to produce palm oil, there is urgency to make sure they adopt RSPO’s Principles & Criteria to reduce further deforestation. The 6th RSPO Latin American Conference in Guatemala on August 24-25, 2016, is one step in this direction.
On 9 June 2016 RSPO organised its 4th European Roundtable. Over 334 people came to Milan to discuss how to work together to achieve our shared goal of reaching 100% certified sustainable palm oil in Europe by 2020.
The RSPO successfully hosted the first RSPO China Forum: China Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain Forum in China.
Palm oil buyers no longer have to hazard guesses as to where their produce comes from, with the RSPO introducing traceability back to mills for all physical supply chain models in RSPO eTrace.