Sustainable palm oil body to expel non-compliers
Aerial view of palm oil plantation on deforested land, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
The international body aiming to reduce the environmental damage caused by palm oil production, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), has announced that member companies failing to keep commitments to meet sustainability targets will be expelled. The RSPO aims to transform palm oil production to be sustainable through independent third-party certification of best practice – to date 18% of global supply is RSPO-certified, but progress is hampered by RSPO member companies not meeting their commitments to purchase certified palm oil. WWF works with companies and financial institutions to promote responsible palm oil, as well as participating in the RPSO, and the Palm Oil Innovation Group which seeks ways to reduce carbon emissions, and protect wildlife and habitats.
Original article posted on: 21.11.14 Updated: 05.03.15