Responsible palm oil financing and investment

WWF has developed a practical handbook to help financial institutions develop and implement a responsible palm oil financing and investment policy.
Many of the environmental problems caused by oil palm plantations can be avoided through the application of best management practices.

However, in many cases there are incentives for palm oil production that lead to the conversion of natural habitats, and misguided investments that support environmentally destructive forest conversion.

The Palm Oil Financing Handbook

WWF's Palm Oil Financing Handbook – and the accompanying online guide – is designed to help financial institutions develop and implement a responsible palm oil financing and investment policy. It is based on standards developed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) – the most credible, transparent and robust standards in the industry.

Such a policy helps financial institutions by:
  • showing commitment to sustainable palm oil production
  • helping to reduce the financial and reputation risks that institutions are exposed to in the sector
  • enabling institutions to understand the main issues surrounding responsible palm oil financing
Our online guide selects the most relevant sections for individuals to read based on their position within a financial institution.

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