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The RSPO welcomed the launch of the European Sustainable Palm Oil initiative during a meeting with the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on 28th January.
Darrel Webber, Secretary General of the RSPO met with Minister Ploumen, and Frans Classen, Director of the Dutch Oils and Fats Industry Association (MVO), to discuss the progress in the palm oil sector.
The Netherlands is currently a global leader in sustainable palm oil sourcing with an ambition to achieve 100% sustainable palm oil imports by the end of 2015. Over the past five years most of the food companies in the country have switched to CSPO; however the progress in many other European countries is not so impressive. Hence the creation of the European Sustainable Palm Oil initiative, which seeks to harmonise existing palm oil commitments and exchange best practices between countries and companies. Dutch Oils and Fats Industry Association (MVO) will coordinate the work of the new initiative, supported by IDH and working in close partnership with the RSPO.