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Palm oil producers, NGOs launch responsible palm oil initiative at RSPO AGM

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Progressive palm oil companies and environmental and social NGOs today launched the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) Annual General Assembly.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

edan, Indonesia, 13 November 2013 – Progressive palm oil companies and environmental and social NGOs today launched the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) Annual General Assembly. The group is made up of producers and civil society organizations and includes Agropalma, DAABON, New Britain Palm Oil, as well as WWF, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Forest Peoples Programme and Greenpeace.

The POIG builds on the RSPO’s certification scheme with additional requirements to ensure that there is a supply of traceable palm oil free from forest and peatland destruction and human rights abuses. It builds a business case for responsible palm oil by bridging the gap between palm oil producers and palm oil consumer companies such as Nestle, and more recently Ferrero and Unilever, which have made ‘No Deforestation’ commitments.

Many members of the POIG are RSPO members who continue to be committed to the RSPO and certification verified against the RSPO Principles and Criteria.

The Group released the following joint statement:

“The palm oil industry has suffered from a bad reputation from its association with forest destruction and exploitation. We are building a strong case that palm oil does not need to be linked to forest destruction and exploitation. From producers and traders, through to palm oil consumers, we are creating an approach that can be replicated across the industry, and which will increase demand for responsible palm oil.

Our intention is to build on the RSPO’s standards and commitments by demonstrating innovation and encouraging producers, NGOs and other stakeholders to support and sign onto the charter. Together, we will explore ways to increase the market demand for traceable and responsible palm oil products, and engage with governments and the industry to make this a reality.” 

Notes to editor:

The POIG Charter can be accessed at: http://www.forestpeoples.org/sites/fpp/files/publication/2013/11/palmoilinnovationsgroupcharter.pdf

Media contact:

Tristan Tremschnig, Communications Coordinator Indonesia Forests, Greenpeace International, mob: +62 812 953 893 69 email:tristan.tremschnig@greenpeace.org

Contacts:

Gemma Tillack - Senior Agribusiness Campaigner (Rainforest Action Network)
(M)+1 415 350 0341
(E) gemma@ran.org

Marcello Brito - Commercial & Sustainability Director (AGROPALMA)
(M)+ 55 11 98158 6368
(E) marcello@agropalma.com.br

Marcus Colchester - Senior Policy Advisor (Forest Peoples Programme)
(P) +44(0)1608 652 220
(E) marcus@forestpeoples.org

Simon Lord - Group Director for Sustainability (New Britain Palm Oil Limited)
(M)+65 9722 4128
(E) slord@nbpol.com.sg

Adam Harrison  - WWF International Palm Oil Lead
(P)+44 (0) 1350 728200
(E)aharrison@wwfscotland.org.uk

Felipe Guerrero - Sustainability Director (DAABON Organic)
(M)(+57-314) 595-9943                                                    
(E) fguerrero@daabon.com       

Bustar Maitar - Head of Indonesia Forest Campaign (Greenpeace)
(M) +6281344666135
(E) bmaitar@greenpeace.org

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