/ ©: James Morgan  / WWF International
Clearing for oil palm plantations threatens some of the world’s greatest forests, endangered species such as orangutans, and puts forest-dwelling people at risk.

But with better management practices, the palm oil industry could still provide economic and social benefits without threatening some of our most breathtaking natural treasures.

2013 Palm Oil Buyers' Scorecard

Making room for wildlife, forests, and sustainable palm oil

The palm oil industry can still flourish without destroying rainforests or harming communities and endangered wildlife. In fact, solutions exist for the palm oil industry to lessen its impact on natural forests, wildlife and communities, without affecting profitability. 

WWF is working on a number of fronts to achieve this:
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) – we are part of a large, international group of palm oil producers, palm oil buyers, and environmental and social groups working to define, implement and promote better practices for sustainable palm oil production
  • Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) - WWF encourages all players in the palm oil value chain to build upon the asks of the RSPO and to join or support the work of POIG. POIG aims to demonstrate that innovation and leadership in sustainable palm oil production and use is possible and can be adopted into the mainstream. They are leading the way in developing new models and paradigms for best practice in the sector.
  • Encouraging companies to use certified sustainable palm oil in the products they make and sell
  • Eliminating incentives for palm oil production that lead to the conversion of natural habitats

WWF's goals

    • Socially acceptable and environment-friendly production and sourcing of palm oil
    • Increased demand for, and use of, goods produced under such practices.

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