Recommendations

Companies should:

1. Join the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and be an active member.

Transforming the global industry requires everyone involved in palm oil to work together. The only place where this is happening on a global scale is within the RSPO. If companies want to be part of the solution rather than the problem they need to contribute to the work of the RSPO.

2. Commit to sourcing 100% certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) from physical supply chains by 2015 at the latest.


Too many companies are still relying on the Book and Claim system to buy their palm oil, which is a good first step, but doesn't guarantee all their palm oil comes from acceptable sources. Companies need to move to Mass Balance or Segregated supply chains. 

Buyers and users of palm oil should commit to using only RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil. Other responses, such as substituting it with other vegetable oils, will not solve the problem.

3. Cover all of their use of palm oil with CSPO from any of the supply chain options.

In 2011 WWF was clearly saying that there was absolutely no excuse for all RSPO members not to be using 100% CSPO, at least through Book and Claim certificates. This is even truer in 2013.

4. Start investing in traceable supply chains of CSPO.

Illegal and destructive practices remain common within the palm oil industry. Only when we have transparency and true control over the flow of oil palm from farmers’ fields and estates all the way to the end customer will we be able to eliminate these abuses.

5. Be transparent about their use of palm oil.

Users of palm oil need to be able to give clear signals to growers about the potential market for CSPO - without those signals growers will not respond by certifying more of their land more quickly.

6. For retailers, go beyond “own-brand” commitments.

Almost all of the retailers in the RSPO have committed to using only CSPO for their own-brand products - but not in other products on their shelves. Retailers have demonstrated that they are a powerful agent of change - they should be using that power to finish the job.

7. Raise awareness of the RSPO and CSPO globally.

Sharing best practice helps others to avoid mistakes and pitfalls - and in the long run, it also makes committed companies’ own jobs easier by increasing the number of businesses that are active in sustainable palm oil supply chains. The RSPO is a good example of how collaboration can work, but there are other regional and national opportunities to work together.

8. Demand CSPO from certified RSPO member growers that are going beyond the basic requirements of the RSPO Principles & Criteria.

As well as buying 100% CSPO, companies should make sure it comes from growers that have made clear public commitments and publicly reported on WWF’s additional asks.
 
Papua New Guinean worker harvests a ripe palm fruit to ready for the mill. This facility is owned ... / ©: Jurgen Freund / WWF-Canon
Papua New Guinean worker harvests a ripe palm fruit to ready for the mill.
© Jurgen Freund / WWF-Canon
 / ©: James Morgan  / WWF International
Pak Gordy holding palm oil fruit, Sumatra, Indonesia.
© James Morgan / WWF International

Consumers can:

1. Only shop from companies that have committed to and are using CSPO. 

Words alone from corporations are no longer enough. Only companies that are taking concrete actions to deliver on their promises should win the hard-earned cash of discerning customers.

2. Look for the RSPO trademark on products.

You can find out which products carry the RSPO logo at www.betterpalmoil.org. Only a few products carry the logo today, but one way to encourage more uptake is to ask your favourite brands when more will be available. 

3. Ask retailers to source CSPO products for everything they sell - not just their own brands.

Retailers commitments to CSPO almost always refer only to their own-brand products. So even if all of their own-brand products contain only CSPO, other margarine, chocolate, soap and detergents may be from unsustainable sources. Retailers have massive power to change the way all brands act - and we think that they should exercise that power.

4. Ask manufacturers to source CSPO and make and meet commitments to 100% CSPO by 2015 or sooner.

All manufacturers are sensitive to their customers' wants. You have power to demand they do the right thing and only use CSPO.

5. Contact us for more information.

Contact WWF to find out about other ways to get involved with our work on palm oil. 
 
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RSPO trademark logo.
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