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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.
The 5-day training course (9-13 December 2014 in Bucaramanga - Colombia) is designed for auditors wishing to audit the palm oil producers against the RSPO standard, for company personnel responsible for implementing the requirements of the RSPO, and other stakeholders who wish to learn about the RSPO standard and systems.
Taking place at the Mercantile Athletic Club, Jakarta, nearly 70 Indonesia members gathered on 16th October 2014. The gathering was aimed at exchanging updates, provoking ideas, story on best practices on sustainable palm oil journey amongst members, as well as opportunity for the RSPO to share some information.
Looking back at RT12 in Kuala Lumpur last November, Daemeter takes a bird’s eyes view of the event’s highlights: among others, the growing push towards the elimination of deforestation in palm oil production, the need for traceable supply chains, and a trend for some RSPO producers to innovate individually.
Meet Nor Azizah Pibu, 43, from Sabah. Starting with an small batch of oil palm seedlings, this widowed mother of 5 has gone on to benefit from Nestle’s “RiLeaf” project on riparian reforestation and sustainable agricultural practices. During RT12, she was rewarded for her efforts to improve farming practices with certificates, alongside a smallholders group from Indonesia. She added: “I now realize that although we are smallholders, we do play a big role in the oil palm industry.”
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) 12th Annual Roundtable Meeting (RT12) which ended in Kuala Lumpur on 20 November has emphasized the need for further collaboration and convergence of ideas among stakeholders to create a new and sustainable industrial landscape.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to raise the global awareness of sustainable palm oil and generate market demand for an important commodity that has the potential to play a key role in preserving the earth’s biodiversity.
Third party accreditation of certification bodies (CBs) offering RSPO certification services has recently been completed. As of end of September 2014, a total of 18 CBs have been fully accredited by Accreditation Services International (ASI).