The Jakarta Post
The Indonesian government hit out at the Kuala Lumpur-based Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) on Tuesday, asserting that it was finalizing its own scheme for sustainable palm oil production.
“The Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil [ISPO] scheme is designed to make palm oil production sustainable in compliance with Indonesian laws and regulations,” Agriculture Minister Suswono said in a written address at the opening of the eighth annual RSPO conference.
Palm oil company executives saw the statement as a reflection of the government’s disappointment with the increasing criticism by international environmental NGOs of several major palm oil producers in the country for alleged deforestation.
Several consumer goods multinationals such as Unilever and Néstle have been pressured by groups such as Greenpeace to suspend palm oil purchases from Indonesian produce...