Comments on: Commission study shows path to end agricultural deforestation – now it must act EU news and policy debates across languages Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:26:41 +0000 hourly 1 By: Paul Lim Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:03:45 +0000 We recently saw the lobbying and protest from Malaysia about its palm oil and biodiesel. Question of interest is whether Malaysian palm oil is RSPO certified along with that of Indonesia. Is the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification accepted by RSPO? Is it less stringent than that of RSPO. Has Malaysia made the EUand its Member States accept its MSPO rather one which it fashioned? Can anyone enlightened me?

By: Danielle Morley, European Director of Outreach & Engagement, RSPO Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:38:49 +0000 The RSPO believes this article offers an unfair and hastily painted portray of its achievements. While we recognise that the system is not perfect and that things do go wrong, we are moving in the right direction overall and it is unjustified to label the RSPO as a failure.
Currently 19% of global palm oil production is RSPO certified. This equals 11.83 million tonnes in volumes, one of the highest proportions among a broad range of certified commodities.
Our membership counts 3726 organisations from seven stakeholder groups, including growers, refiners and traders, manufacturers, retailers, investors, social NGOs and environmental NGOs in 91 countries. They represent the entire supply chain. The RSPO has managed to bring all these players together and facilitate an agreement leading to the adoption of a common standard to certify sustainable palm oil. The certification is done by third-party auditors and it covers every step in the supply chain, to ensure the chain of custody.
We have already gone through one revision of the standard and now we are completing the second, because we are committed to constant improvement.
By implementing our standards, palm oil growers commit to no development on primary forests. In addition they have, to date, set-aside an area of 189,777 hectares, which cannot be converted into new plantations as it contains environmental or cultural assets which must be preserved. This is a real contribution to the fight against deforestation.
We are also working to build a more transparent and accountable palm oil sector. Our members have agreed to disclose their concession maps and we have uploaded them onto an app, GeoRSPO, equipped with geospatial analysis tools to monitor deforestation and forest fires in certified concessions.
Our members must submit an annual progress report, which is publicly accessible and allows NGOs such as WWF and the Zoological Society of London to publish their scorecards of corporate performance.
To ensure the inclusiveness of our certification, we have created a Smallholder Support Fund (RSSF). Through this fund, 10% of income generated from the trade of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil is allocated to smallholders to begin their journey to sustainable certification.
These are just some of the initiatives we have taken to help palm oil producers and users work together on a system delivering the scale and the trust necessary to make change possible.