WWF believes that all companies should source palm oil that is sustainable, meaning that it protects and respects wildlife and the environment, and is free of deforestation and conversion, planting on peat, and exploitation of communities.
Underpinning that effort is the support of sustainable palm oil production. WWF believes companies can be drivers of change and are better placed to help develop solutions for sustainably sourced palm oil from within the value chain, rather than forfeiting leverage and allowing demand to simply shift to other products and markets. We applaud companies that source deforestation and conversion-free palm oil, while also taking extra steps to work with others in the palm oil value chain to create and support models for sustainable production and best practice, particularly models that are inclusive of smallholders.
Certification, complemented by other approaches and strong governance, can play a key role in ending irresponsible palm oil production. Joining the RSPO and committing to purchasing responsible palm oil is an important first step that all concerned companies should take. With the 2018 revision of the RSPO’s Principles & Criteria, the RSPO Standard now represents an essential tool that can help companies achieve their commitments to palm oil that is free of deforestation, expansion on peat, exploitation and the use of fire.
Building on the RSPO, the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) has modeled best practices in the palm oil industry and helped guide the way for improvements in the RSPO. Innovative companies can also demonstrate their commitment today by purchasing oil verified to the POIG standard.
As evidenced by POIG, WWF and others, there are a number of innovative actions that companies and other actors in the palm oil value chain can take to create, promote and support innovative models of sustainable consumption and production. These actions include supporting better land use planning practices, investing in smallholder support programmes, and exploring sustainable landscape approaches that are inclusive of multiple land-uses and involve all relevant stakeholders, including communities and smallholders.