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RSPO 15th Annual General Assembly (GA15) Summary Report and Voting Results

The 15th Annual General Assembly (GA15) of members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was held at The Magellan Sutera Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia on Thursday, 15 November 2018 at 1500 hours (GMT+8).

A summary of voters and the voting results of GA15 are listed below.

 

ATTENDANCE AND E-VOTERS:

SECTOR

PHYSICAL

PROXY

E-VOTE

TOTAL

Oil Palm Growers

37

12

7

56

Processors and/or Traders

22

6

42

70

Consumer Goods Manufacturers

14

2

47

63

Retailers

4

3

12

19

Banks and Investors

7

0

1

8

Environmental or Conservation NGOs

19

4

4

27

Social or Development NGOs

8

0

0

8

TOTAL

111

27

113

251

 

 

VOTING RESULTS OF ITEMS AND RESOLUTIONS AT GA15:

 

AGENDA ITEM/RESOLUTIONS

VOTING RESULTS

Agenda Item 5:

To receive and adopt the Treasurer's Report and the RSPO's Financial Statement for the year ended 30 June 2018.

Approved

For - 220

Against - 6

Abstain - 25

Resolution GA15-6a:

To confirm the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers as the auditors of the RSPO for the financial year ending 30 June 2019.

Approved

For - 218

Against - 10

Abstain - 23

Resolution GA15-6b:

Requiring members involved in primary procurement to publish third-party supplying mills lists.

Approved

For - 195

Against - 31

Abstain - 25

Resolution GA15-6c:

Delinking Auditors from the operations they audit.

Rejected

For - 101

Against - 126

Abstain - 24

Resolution GA15-6d:

Discouraging RSPO members subject to complaints from avoiding their obligations by divestment or withdrawing their membership.

Approved

For - 117

Against - 98

Spoilt - 1

Abstain - 35

Resolution GA15-6e:

Resolution to extend Smallholder Interim Group (SHIG).

Approved

For - 214

Against - 5

Spoilt - 2

Abstain - 30

Resolution GA15-6f:

Proposal to exempt smallholders from immediate suspension as required under point 4.9.4 of the RSPO Certification System for Principles & Criteria 2017 until the endorsement of the new independent smallholder standards.

Approved

For - 157

Against - 46

Abstain - 48

Resolution GA15-6g:

Adoption of Principles and Criteria for the Production of Sustainable Palm Oil (2018).

Approved

For - 212

Against - 19

Spoilt - 2

Abstain - 18

Resolution GA15-6h:

Resolution to amend the Statutes of the RSPO to formalise the election of alternates for the RSPO Board of Governors.

Approved

For - 217

Against - 4

Abstain - 30

Resolution GA14-6i:

Resolution to amend the Statutes of the RSPO to support its tax exemption status in Switzerland.

Approved

For - 209

Against - 6

Abstain - 36

Resolution GA15-6j:

Resolution to amend the Statutes of the RSPO to provide procedure for voting in the event of tie vote.

Approved

For - 220

Against - 4

Abstain - 27

 

 

ELECTION OF BOARD OF GOVERNORS:

MEMBERSHIP SECTORS

ELECTED

Oil Palm Growers:

Smallholders: FELDA has retired and was available for re-election. There was no election and FELDA will serve another term as no other nominations were received.

FELDA

ROW: Agrocaribe has retired and was available for re-election. There was no election and Agrocaribe will serve another term as no other nominations were received.

Agrocaribe

Processors & Traders:

AAK AB has retired and available for election. There was no election and AAK AB will serve another term as no other nominations were received.

AAK AB

Consumer Goods Manufacturers:

Mondelez International has retired and was not available for re-election. Nominations were received from Kao Corporation and The Procter & Gamble Company. Election among the Consumer Goods Manufacturers sub-sector was held and only members in the sub-sector were eligible to vote.

The Procter & Gamble Company

Retailers:

Retailers Palm Oil Group has retired and available for re-election. There was no election and Retailers Palm Oil Group will serve another term as no other nominations were received.

 

Marks & Spencer has retired and the seat was available for election. There was no election as no nominations were received. The seat will remain vacant.

Retailers Palm Oil Group

 

 

 

Vacant

Banks & Investors:

Rabobank has retired and was available for re-election. There will be no election and Rabobank will serve another term as no other nominations were received.

 Rabobank

Environmental NGOs:

WWF International has retired and was available for re-election. There was no election and WWF International will serve another term as no other nominations were received.

WWF International

Social NGOs:

 

Both ENDS has retired and was available for re-election. There was no election and Both ENDS will serve another term as no other nominations were received.

Both ENDS

 

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