Kuala Lumpur, 10/4/2018 - The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, the world’s largest palm oil certification scheme, shares Iceland’s concerns about the environmental impact of palm oil, but does not agree with the solutions Iceland are adopting.
With guidance from RSPO, Suhaili, a smallholder farmer from Jambi Province, Indonesia, went beyond simply applying best practices to his palm oil plantation, to initiating a river conservation programme that has benefited other farmers in his village, as well.
RSPO recently hosted a roadshow in Pontianak, West Kalimantan on 13-14 March, gathering industry stakeholders to improve understanding and share the latest information on sustainable palm oil practices.
Using an upgraded, gamified platform to address people, planet, prosperity, and other sustainability topics, RSPO is testing the BETA version of its Sustainability College, which aims to reach stakeholders of all levels—and to make the learning process fun and interactive.
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.
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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.
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