As a founding member of the RSPO, WWF strives to make sure that the organization’s standards are based on solid social and environmental criteria, including a prohibition on the conversion of valuable forests to oil palm plantations.
WWF supported the RSPO process to review and improve the Principles and Criteria. You can find WWF’s position on the revised 2013 Principles and Criteria here.
► Encouraging adoption, pushing for compliance
We support monitoring, adoption and compliance to RSPO Principles and Criteria by palm oil producers For example, in Indonesia we support the round table initiative by providing training on sustainable palm oil and High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF).
We also encourage producers to adopt Better Management Practices
and support smallholders in Indonesia and Malaysia to achieve RSPO certification.
► Fuelling buyers' demand for CSPO
We are driving demand for sustainable palm oil amongst retailers and manufacturers
globally to ensure that the RSPO reaches its full potential.
► Enabling 'clean' investments
We also work with financial institutions to make sure their investments support companies that adhere to RSPO principles
, and with governments in producer and market countries to promote better land-use policies as well as favourable market conditions for sustainable palm oil.
► Watching the growers
We also keep a close eye on the palm oil industry in order to highlight its failings when necessary. In 2013, we reported on the unsustainable practices destroying ecologically important areas like Tesso Nilo in Sumatra, Indonesia.
► And going even further...
WWF is working with other NGOs and industry innovators to give companies the opportunity to take actions that go beyond what is required in the within the P&Cs while remaining in the RSPO framework. Read more about the Palm Oil Innovation Group here.