RSPO recently hosted a Social Auditing workshop at Holiday Villa, Subang, Malaysia from 6 to 8 February, 2018. Conducted in partnership with Verité, the workshop saw the participation of 23 auditors who specialise in social auditing from various certification bodies based in Indonesia and Malaysia.
RSPO led two workshops and awarded its first RSPO Smallholder Support Fund (RSSF) grant at the first National Palm Oil Growers Association of Mexico (Femexpalma) conference, to help smallholders on the road to eventual RSPO Certification.
Smallholder farmer Sunarno talks about his journey, from using herbicides to adopting best practices in sustainable palm oil cultivation—and eventually, augmenting his income through the sale of RSPO credits, inspiring others to follow the same path.
On 2 February, 2018, RSPO received an award for "Excellence for Promoting Sustainability in the Palm Oil Sector" in New Delhi, India. The award was handed over to RSPO by Arjun Ram Meghwal, the Union Minister of India - Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Parliamentary Affairs, at Globoil 2018 Delhi; one of India's largest events for the edible oils industry.
Are you a film enthusiast? Do you believe in social causes? Participate in the KL Eco Knights Filming competition and submit your entries under the special RSPO category. Send in your videos in PSA, Animation, or Short Film format, and share your “i Saw-it” story.
Prior to the launch of RSPO’s Theory of Change (ToC) last November 2017, RSPO’s Board of Governors, Secretariat, and other key stakeholders had conducted workshops, roundtable meetings, and consultations, making the development of the ToC a truly collective effort.
Like many other smallholder palm oil farmers, Jalal Sayuti had limited farming knowledge and an unstable livelihood. Joining RSPO and selling credits gave him a more steady income—and a chance to dream of higher education for his children.
Colombian-based agribusiness, DAABON Group has completed the first sale of RSPO NEXT credits, continuing to lead the way in raising levels of corporate commitment to higher standards of sustainable palm oil production.
RSPO recently announced the establishment of the North American Sustainable Palm Oil Network (NASPON) in Bali, Indonesia. Various stakeholders, from civil society to retailers and producers, are hoping to make sustainable palm oil the norm in this important market.
“Managing Palm Oil Risks: A Brief for Financiers,” a new report released by RSPO and Landscape Indonesia, reveals the pitfalls of unsustainable palm oil production—and provides guidance for transitioning to more sustainable agricultural and economic practises.
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