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Gapki withdraws from RSPO to support ISPO

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, October 5 2011   /  08:43 am

The Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (Gapki) has officially withdrawn from the Kuala Lumpur-based Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to fully support the local sustainable palm oil scheme, an executive says.

Gapki chairman Fadhil Hasan said that as a national entity his association wanted to commit to the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) scheme, a sustainability platform set up by the government and mandatory for all local firms.

“We want to be neutral and accommodate all interests, as some of our members participate in the RSPO while the rest do not,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

Fadhil said that since membership in the RSPO was voluntary, such withdrawals were normal and did not imply that Gapki was not committed to sustainability.

“Indonesian firms will continue to produce sustainable palm oil, which at present reaches...