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Business unusual for a global commodity

Darrel’s presentation covers the beginnings of sustainable development for palm oil, what has been achieved thus far, along with the future of sustainable development of palm oil.


Darrel Webber, RSPO Secretary General and TEDxWWF Singapore speaker, 2012 
© Darrel Webber

Nationality: Malaysian

Title: Secretary General, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

About Darrel

With prior working experience in an international environmental NGO and the private sector, in January 2011, Darrel Webber became Secretary General of RSPO. A not-for-profit association that unites stakeholders from seven sectors of the palm oil industry – namely oil palm producers, palm oil processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental or nature conservation NGOs and social or developmental NGOs – RSPO’s goal is to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.

Darrel was previously Senior Associate of Global Sustainability Associates, a role that put him in an advisory role to companies and organizations on issues pertaining to sustainable agricultural development, including sustainable palm oil.

Prior to this, he was a Senior Manager for Palm Oil Sector Engagement at WWF-International, where he was tasked to engage with corporations and NGOs within the international palm oil supply line, working towards the production and procurement of sustainably developed palm oil.

Darrel started his career in the private sector, with stints as regional manager for companies such as Permanis Sandilands, Sdn. Bhd. and Shell Malaysia, Ltd. He graduated with a civil engineering degree from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.