Bill Barclay, Research and Policy Director with the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), agreed that Wilmar's policy is only the beginning of the transformation of the palm oil sector from a major driver of deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and social conflict toward something greener.
“Wilmar's announcement demonstrates that Conflict Palm Oil has become a front burner issue among some of the world’s largest corporations and clearly signals that these companies are coming to accept that business as usual is no longer tenable,” Barclay told Mongabay.com. "Rainforest Action Network welcomes Wilmar's public commitments, which hopefully mark the start of a significant sea change for the industry. We must also recognize that implementation remains a huge challenge and changed outcomes on the ground are the true measure of success. This policy is the beginning of a long and complex process towards achieving truly responsible palm oil production, not the end."
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