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Malaysia expected to maintain position as world’s largest producer of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

News, 08 March 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is expected to maintain its position as the world's largest producer of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) given continued support from the country's oil palm companies and the Government, said Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) secretary-general Darrel Webber. "Achieving the two status is not a small feat," he said, referring to Malaysia's position as the world's largest producer of CSPO as well as the second largest producer of CPO. "This astounding success should be attributed to the dedicated local growers, the Malaysian Palm Oil Association and the Government," he said at a media briefing yesterday. Webber said Malaysia was growing from strength to strength, and undoubtedly on the crest of a wave in the production of sustainable palm oil and its expertise could be applied to…


News, 08 March 2012

Carrefour is committed to exclusively source sustainable palm oil products by 2015 JAKARTA, 1 July 2011 – PT Carrefour Indonesia, a multinational retail company, reiterates its commitment to be a responsible company with its declaration to exclusively source certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) and its implementation of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) Trademark. This will encourage Carrefour customers to make the right decision in choosing products that contain sustainable palm oil through the RSPO Trademark labeling. As a member of RSPO, the multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil in the world, Carrefour has a responsibility to promote the production and use of sustainable palm oil in the world. This is aligned with RSPO’s mission, which is to transform the market towards…

Cargill Commits to Supply RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil to Customers by 2015

News, 08 March 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, July 12, 2011 - Cargill has announced that the palm oil products it supplies to its customers in Europe, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and/or originated from smallholder growers by 2015 (this excludes palm kernel oil products). This commitment will be extended across all Cargill's oil and trading businesses to cover 100 percent of its palm oil products and all customers worldwide – including China and India – by 2020. "Cargill is an active supporter of sustainable palm and has been a member of the RSPO since it was founded. We hope this commitment will encourage more participation across the supply chain and help RSPO palm oil become the mainstream", said Paul Conway, vice chairman of Cargill.…


News, 08 March 2012

Formidable parties from key sectors; retail, financial & consumer goods, underline commitment to certified sustainable palm oil drive Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 1, 2011 – World’s major consumer market, the United States of America (US), has made significant headway in a multi stakeholder initiative, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), that aims to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil in the world. Three US headquartered global companies, retailer Walmart, confectionery producer The Hershey Company and financial services leader Citigroup recently became members of RSPO , joining the organization’s 650 member organizations from 50 countries around the globe. Currently, the United States (US) sits as the 7th largest membership base in the RSPO represented by a broad spectrum of industries from consumer goods manufacturers, cosmetics; processors & traders; financial…

RSPO is aimed at obtaining stakeholders’ support

News, 08 March 2012

The question of whether the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is needed in the landscape of national standards being introduced may indeed be a likely first thought. The RSPO welcomes diverse opinions and perspectives, no matter how far reaching and incongruous it may seem. The essence of discourse is that it brings forth at most times, an eventual harmonisation. And other times, a bearing to remain where one started off. Chronologically speaking, the RSPO was established long before the pressure from non-governmental organisations (NGO). It was conceived and established by visionary individuals representing various sectors. It is indeed technically correct to say that the RSPO was not established simply to represent the growers. The reason why RSPO was formed in 2004 was precisely to obtain the support of all…

Greasing the way to sustainable palm oil

News, 08 March 2012

With support from provincial authorities and a German technical assistance agency, farmers in Krabi are learning eco-friendly methods in the hopes the industry will see continued growth. Kuakoon Siangtaen starts the day by unlocking his tool room and taking out a small plough. He then heads for his oil palm plantation a short walk from his home. Dawn is breaking as he walks slowly, savouring the peace and quiet of the green surroundings.  ''A modern oil palm plantation needs a grower who has learned how to cultivate oil palms,'' said the 35-year-old native of Krabi. ''I am still learning to do my work well.'' Mr Kuakoon spent more than 10 years studying and working in Bangkok, where he met his wife, before returning to his hometown in Plai Phraya district…

Real consumers' participation in green palm oil product selection

News, 08 March 2012

Consumers are now able to fully participate in saving the planet by purchasing labeled products which contain palm ingredient sourced within green practices directed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, while retailers and consumer good producers will likely need times and spend more costs to put the logo on the product packaging. Source : Argo Asia (June, 2011) Click here to download the complete article.  Real Consumers' Participation in Green Palm Oil Product Selection.pdf

GreenPalm and UTZ reduce fees on sustainable palm oil

News, 08 March 2012

Late last year, purchasing sustainable palm oil became even more attractive thanks to GreenPalm and UTZ Certified lowering their transaction fees. Both traders now charge 2 US dollars per metric ton (MT) sustainable palm oil, whatever supply chain system is used (i.e. 'segregated', 'mass balance' or 'book and claim'). Contributions to the RSPO remain at 1 USD/MT, bringing total fees (transaction fee + contribution to RSPO) to 3 USD/MT. Late last year, the RSPO pledged to use fees collected from


News, 07 March 2012

Annual Round Table Meeting by the RSPO welcomes delegates from all around the world Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 23 August 2011 - Multi stakeholder initiative, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), announced today, that its 9th Annual Roundtable Meeting on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT9) will be held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah this year. The announcement was made at a joint press conference between the Minister of Industrial Development, Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah on behalf of Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Hj. Aman, the Chief Minister of Sabah together with the Secretary General of RSPO, Darrel Webber. The RT is the world's largest meeting on sustainable palm oil organized annually by RSPO as a platform to exchange views and experiences among various stakeholders in developed…


News, 07 March 2012

Many firsts for RSPO; First million hectares of certified sustainable palm oil; First certification in Brazil; 5million metric tonnes of certified sustainable palm oil Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25 August 2011 – Just 3 years since the certification of sustainable palm oil (CSPO) by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a multi stakeholder initiative, the industry reaches a turning point by hitting its first I million hectares of certified production area around the world. The achievement follows the certification of the mills and supply base of Agropalma, a leader in South America’s palm oil industry. It also marks the inaugural certification of sustainable palm oil in Brazil. With the certification of Agropalma, the global production of CSPO now boasts close to 5 million tonnes, representing a rapidly increasing volume of…