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Surge In Market Uptake Of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

News, 06 March 2012

Kuala Lumpur, October 11 2011. Multi-stakeholder initiative, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), is pleased to announce a surge in market uptake of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). 70% CSPO uptake was recorded in September 2011, the highest by month this year and significantly higher than 48% recorded same time in September last year. This positive development has been urgently awaited. Uptake for CSPO increased from 25.3% in 2009 to 46.2% in 2010. Secretary General of RSPO, Darrel Webber also commented that: “A significant increase of market commitment to and uptake of CSPO is a key priority for RSPO. The RSPO is beyond merely a certification scheme or standard. We are a multi stakeholder initiative that represents the production front; demand end and everything in between. The uptake has…

McDonald’s Joins The RSPO

News, 06 March 2012

Consumer demand for RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil is on the rise   Kuala Lumpur, 20 October 2011 - McDonald’s Corp. has officially been approved as a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) following its announcement earlier this year on its commitment to source food from certified sustainable sources.   Only recently, three other US headquartered global companies, retailer Walmart, confectionery producer The Hershey Company and financial services leader Citigroup became members of the RSPO, joining the organization’s 700 member organizations from 50 countries around the globe. Currently, the United States (US) holds the 7th largest membership base in the RSPO, represented by a broad spectrum of industries from consumer goods and cosmetics manufacturers to processors and traders, the financial sector, retailers, and non-governmental organizations.   Darrel…


News, 06 March 2012

World’s largest annual meeting on Sustainable Palm Oil aims at transforming the market through effective discourse Kuala Lumpur, October 31 2011 – The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has started the countdown to its ninth annual Round Table meeting (RT9) in Sabah, Borneo. 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 and developing countries; and to strengthen their co-operation and support towards a unified vision. Themed: “RSPO Certified: Transforming the Market. Together,” approximately 800 delegates from over 15 countries around the world from both grower and consumer markets have registered to attend the annual meeting on sustainable palm oil. RT9 will begin with an official opening ceremony by guest of…


News, 05 March 2012

Jakarta, 14 November 2011 – The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a multi-stakeholder organisation that promotes sustainable practices in the palm oil industry, today proudly announced the appointment of Prof. Dr. Ir. Bungaran Saragih as its new Advisor in Indonesia, after seeking for the best candidate for almost a year.  Prof. Saragih’s credential as a former Indonesian Minister of Agriculture and a renowned academic in the same field places him at the forefront of Indonesia’s thriving agriculture sector, of which palm oil is a major part. As such, Prof. Saragih is well-positioned to support RSPO’s mission to promote sustainable palm oil in the world’s largest palm oil producing country. Darrel Webber, RSPO Secretary General, said: “The appointment of Prof. Saragih marks an exciting chapter in RSPO’s history.  His macro-level…

World's Largest Gathering On Sustainable Palm Oil Kicks Off

News, 05 March 2012

November 22, 2011, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah - The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a multi-stakeholder organization that promotes sustainable practices in the palm oil industry, today officially opened its 9th annual Roundtable Meeting or RT9, themed “RSPO Certified. Transforming the Market. Together.” The event, which is attended by over 1,000 delegates from 34 countries around the world from both grower and consumer markets, was officially opened by Yang Berhormat Tan Sri Bernard Giluk Dompok, the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia. “The convening of RT9 and the overwhelming response to this event reflects the seriousness of all the stakeholders in the industry on the issue of sustainability. It is also heartening to know the cross-section of the participants present here today, to deliberate on the approach towards sustainability,” said…

The Thai Palm Oil Industry is ready for sustainable palm oil production – RSPO certification under way in Thailand

News, 05 March 2012

The Thai Palm Oil Industry and the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) are ready for sustainable palm oil production in Thailand. In a joint press conference the Secretary General of RSPO and the Chairman of the ‘Thai Oil Palm and Palm Oil Association’, the ‘Palm Oil Crushing Mill Association’, the ‘Thai Biodiesel Producer Association’ and the ‘Palm Oil Refinery Association’ announced the approval and publication of the National Interpretation (NI) of the RSPO in Thailand. The approved Thai NI allows the Thai Palm Oil Industry to certify Palm Oil as sustainable under the RSPO certification scheme. RSPO is supporting environmental, social and economically friendly production of Palm Oil avoiding all negative impacts which put non-sustainable Palm Oil under criticism. The process of the Thai NI development was supported by GIZ…

Belgium Palm Oil Market Pledges to Become Sustainable By 2015

News, 05 March 2012

Brussels, 30 January 2011 – The Belgian Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil has launched its charter to promote the use of certified sustainable palm oil in Belgium. The charter pledges that by the end of 2015, all palm oil designated for the Belgian market will be produced based on the sustainability criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The charter was signed by several parties[1] in the palm oil supply chain – from processors and product manufacturers to industry associations. They have committed to produce and source RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil and boost the transformation towards a fully sustainable market. Darrel Webber, the Secretary General of RSPO demonstrates his support for the Belgian charter and states: “The establishment of the Belgian Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil is a highly commendable and…

Sarawak Makes Significant Stride Towards Sustainable Palm Oil

News, 05 March 2012

Kuching, Malaysia, 9 February 2012 – As the catalyst for oil palm growth in Malaysia, Sarawak’s increased commitment towards best practices in the cultivation of oil palm according to international standards set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an international multi-stakeholder initiative, will be a significant step forward. The certification under the RSPO standards began in 2008 and to date within just over 3 years, production of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) has reached an impressive mark of 11% of global crude palm oil. Malaysia leads the pack as the world’s largest CSPO producer at 48% amongst other producing nations namely Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, South America and West Africa.  Malaysia’s sterling record continues in comprising over 40% of total certified grower companies and more than half of total…


News, 05 March 2012

NEWS RELEASE THE NETHERLANDS CONTINUES TO SUPPORT RSPO’S BIOFUEL CERTIFICATION SCHEME Kuala Lumpur, 13 February 2012 – The Dutch Emissions Authority has renewed the approval of the biofuel certification scheme created by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – also called RSPO-RED scheme – until July 1st 2012. The RSPO-RED scheme was initially accepted from July 1st 2011 until January 1st 2012. The Dutch government has accepted the RSPO-RED scheme on a temporary basis as the RSPO-RED scheme is currently being reviewed by the European Commission for approval at the European level, as required by the Renewable Energy Directive passed in 2009. Under the Directive, the EU has set the goal of reaching a 10% share of renewable energy in the transport sector of every Member State by 2020. The Directive also aims to ensure that…

NOTICE - 8th General Assembly of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Members

News, 05 March 2012

NOTICE - 8th Annual General Assembly of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Members NOTICE is hereby given that the 8th Annual General Assembly (GA8) of members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will be held at the Crown Plaza Mutiara Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday, 8 March 2012 at 1400hrs for the following purposes: AGENDA No Item  1. Members’ roll call  2. Opening address by the RSPO President, Mr. Jan Kees Vis 3. To receive the Report of the RSPO President  4. To confirm the minutes of the last General Assembly (GA7) held on 11 November 2010 (Please download minutes of GA7 at  http://www.rspo.org/sites/default/files/GA7 Minutes - draft.pdf)  5. To receive and adopt the Report and Audited Accounts of the RSPO Treasurer. (Please download Report and Audited Accounts at http://www.rspo.org/sites/default/files/GA8 -…