The RSPO has selected three sustainability ambassadors from the Youth Leader in Sustainability programme, which launched in January 2017. The competition, hosted by the RSPO in collaboration with WWF-Indonesia, The Body Shop Indonesia and SINAR MEADOW, received a positive response with participation from 810 students from 58 universities across Indonesia.
Is there a growing trend of companies taking short-term, shareholder focused approaches to their businesses? And should we be worried about it when looking at sustainability? RSPO CEO Darrel Webber delivered a powerful message on this topic at this year’s European Roundtable.
Jakarta, 20 June 2017 – The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has announced the appointment of three sustainability ambassadors from its “Youth Leader in Sustainability” programme that was launched in January 2017.
The European Roundtable 2017 took place in London on 13 June. The event featured RSPO achievements including an increase in membership and ACOP submissions and new partnerships with WRI and UNICEF. The RSPO hosted a discussion panel on smallholder inclusion strategies and its first ever interactive dialogue with the Complaints Panel.
Sales of physical RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) have seen a 43% growth in the first five months of 2017 (2,065,870 tonnes), compared with the same period last year (1,449,288 tonnes). The increase was particularly evident within the Identity Preserved (IP) and Mass Balance (MB) certified oil supply chains.
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.
London, June 13, 2017
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.
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