Promoting certified sustainable palm oil

WWF is encouraging retailers and manufacturers to purchase certified sustainable palm oil produced according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards.

Certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), which is produced according to the standards established by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), provides assurance that valuable tropical forests have not been cleared and that environmental and social safeguards have been met during the oil's production
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WWF Assessment of RSPO Member Palm Oil Producers 2013

WWF's analysis of data from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) member producers shows that a handful are making adequate progress on the road to 100% RSPO compliance.

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Harvesting oil palm, Musim Mas palm oil plantation, Sumatra, Indonesia
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Sales of sustainable palm oil more than tripled from 0.4 million tonnes in 2009 to about 1.3 million tonnes in 2010. While there is a delay in market uptake, 56% of certified palm oil was purchased as such in 2010.

WWF is working to encourage retailers and manufacturers of everyday products to support the RSPO and only source certified sustainable palm oil – and so help to slow down deforestation and the disappearance of some of Earth’s most amazing and threatened wildlife, including elephants and orangutans, as well as put a cap on climate change.

What is WWF asking from companies buying palm oil?

  • Become an active member of the RSPO
  • Put in place policies and systems to control where palm oil is sourced from
  • Make public commitments for the use of 100% Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) by 2015 at the latest
  • Begin purchasing certified sustainable palm oil immediately
Palm oil: how our consumer choices affect wildlife

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