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.
Top brands have joined forces to transform the palm oil market towards sustainability in Singapore. Here is what they aim for.
International, June 9, 2016 – The 2016 results of the RSPO Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP), announced today at the RSPO EU Roundtable event in Milan, confirm an increase in commitments to certified sustainable palm oil. In 2016 the number of ACOP submissions by RSPO members increased to 75%, compared to 68% in 2015.
As the world’s third largest importer of palm oil, Europe has a responsibility to commit to only importing certified sustainable palm oil. This can only happen if industry commitments are backed by government leadership. This matter will be addressed at the European Roundtable conference in Milan on 8-9 June.
The RSPO officially became an observer of the China Sustainable Retail Roundtable (CSRR). As an observer, the RPSO will work closely with retailers in China to develop a green supply chain and promote sustainable production and consumption on a national level.
Latin America now represents an impressive 19% of total global output of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). Find out about the latest RSPO milestones in this part of the world, including a new RSPO office in Colombia.