How will your organisation promote the RSPO internally and to other stakeholders?
Solidaridad is a global network organization with nine regional offices on five continents that promotes sustainable development by transforming supply and value chains, focusing on 13 internationally traded commodities, among which palm oil. Main activities undertaken are:
1) Producer Development: design, fund and monitor producer support activities, implemented by Solidaridad or other local, often private sector, partners; When appropriate and relevant Solidaridad trains and supports farmers with RSPO certification. Within our Farmer Suppport Programme we have 17 partnership projects with RSPO members in 9 producing countries (Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Ghana, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea), of which ten are co-funded by RSPO;
2) Policy Influencing: Lobby and advocate with governments to encourage public policies that support sustainable production, trade, sourcing and consumption of key commodities, including palm oil. We proomote the uptake of RSPO certified sustainable palm oil with private companies and support the set up of public initaitives supporting the uptake of sustainable palm oil, such as for example the Amsterdam Declaration in Europe.
3) Corporate Engagement: We encourage companies in established and emerging markets to produce and/or source sustainably - we support several European initiatives focussed on supporting teh uptake of Sustainable Palm Oil in Europe. We are for example member of the FONAP, the German Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil and provide to support the mission of 100 % sustainable palm oil market in Germany.
We have direct cooperation with companies such as Henkel, Procter & Gamble, BASF, and Cargill in moving towards a fully sustainable palm oil supply chain.
4) Communication: Raise awareness with sector and policy stakeholders, as well as media and the general public, on sustainability issues and solutions in commodity production systems and value chains.
Within RSPO we Co-chair RSPO Smallholder Working Group and are member of RSPO Smallholder Support Fund, member of the RSPO Complaints Panel, and member of the RSPO Standing Committee Trade & Traceability;
We have supported National Interpretation processes in Guatemala, Honduras, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria;