Sustainable Palm Oil

Ethical labelling is under scrutiny like never before in the wake of documented abuses. But its promise remains strong. ©iStock/Antonio_Diaz

Ethical certification promises much - but it's been a tough year

By David Burrows

Back in 2014 I interviewed Hans Jöhr, who at the time was corporate head of agriculture at Nestlé. We had a (refreshingly) open discussion about certification schemes. Some of them are “cheating consumers” and “cannot help farmers be better farmers per...

RSPO: launched an improved traceability system at last month’s EU roundtable event

Figures show sustainable palm oil boost

By Noli Dinkovski

There has been an increase in commitments made from RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) members towards certified sustainable palm oil, new figures reveal.

Greenpeace has alleged further palm oil supply chain abuse. IOI says it is putting its house in order. ©iStock

IOI damage raises questions about RSPO standards

By David Burrows

The damage caused by IOI’s deforestation and peatland drainage is “far greater” than that detailed in the complaint that led to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil suspending the supplier back in April, says Greenpeace.

IOI has announced it will not only drop the court case against RSPO but has pledged to sign up to RSPO Next, the certification body's strictest policy. © iStock

IOI drops legal action against RSPO

By David Burrows

Palm oil supplier IOI Corporation Berhad has ditched plans to sue the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), saying it has “engaged” with customers, NGOs and the RSPO to resolve the matter.

The Malaysian government seeks to double palm oil production by 2020, while production is also expanding in equatorial Africa.

UN helps RSPO strengthen palm complaints platform

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) have partnered to raise awareness on sustainable palm oil and strengthen frameworks like that for complaints on compliance.

Manufacturers' commitments are driving uptake, the RSPO says

Market uptake surges for RSPO-certified palm oil

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil now accounts for 18% of the total global palm oil market, up from 15% last year, according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Cargill has called on the RSPO to renew its principals

RSPO needs to broaden its principles: Cargill

By Rod Addy

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has been called on to renew its principles on zero deforestation, land development and rights by Cargill Refined Oils Europe.

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