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The RSPO Roadshow held in Surat Thani, Thailand in August 2017 was met with success attracting many more attendees than anticipated, primarily consisting of smallholders. Participants flocked to the event to find out more information on the RSPO and how its certification programme works. At the event, key palm oil retailers committed to purchasing Certified Sustainable Palm Oil produced in Thailand, a major incentive for farmers in the region.
The RSPO, in collaboration with City Shop, Rainbow Shop, and METRO held a successful ‘Say Yes to Sustainable Palm Oil’ campaign in Beijing to help consumers understand the challenges and opportunities of supporting sustainable palm oil. The campaign coincided with China's annual Sustainable Consumption Week, highlighting China's commitment to sustainability and the uptake of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil.
RSPO efforts to establish strong foundations for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) in newly developing palm oil markets are paying off. In addition to expanding certified land areas, Latin American and African nations are producing significant volumes of CSPO with production increases of up to 33 per cent in some countries. This, coupled with increases in smallholder certifications, is laying the groundwork for mainstreaming sustainable palm oil in these regions.
The RSPO has selected three sustainability ambassadors from the Youth Leader in Sustainability programme, which launched in January 2017. The competition, hosted by the RSPO in collaboration with WWF-Indonesia, The Body Shop Indonesia and SINAR MEADOW, received a positive response with participation from 810 students from 58 universities across Indonesia.
Is there a growing trend of companies taking short-term, shareholder focused approaches to their businesses? And should we be worried about it when looking at sustainability? RSPO CEO Darrel Webber delivered a powerful message on this topic at this year’s European Roundtable.
Jakarta, 20 June 2017 – The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has announced the appointment of three sustainability ambassadors from its “Youth Leader in Sustainability” programme that was launched in January 2017.
The European Roundtable 2017 took place in London on 13 June. The event featured RSPO achievements including an increase in membership and ACOP submissions and new partnerships with WRI and UNICEF. The RSPO hosted a discussion panel on smallholder inclusion strategies and its first ever interactive dialogue with the Complaints Panel.
Sales of physical RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) have seen a 43% growth in the first five months of 2017 (2,065,870 tonnes), compared with the same period last year (1,449,288 tonnes). The increase was particularly evident within the Identity Preserved (IP) and Mass Balance (MB) certified oil supply chains.
Kuala Lumpur, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) refers to a claim made by NTUC FairPrice in the Straits Times article, published on October 16, 2016. The article refers to FairPrice Premium Cooking Oil and FairPrice Vegetable Oil having been certified by NTUC supplier to be from RSPO certified sources. RSPO wishes to inform that the claim made by NTUC Fairprice is not verified in accordance with the RSPO systems and regulations.
London, June 13, 2017
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