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Executive Column: Long way to go to promote sustainable palm oil: RSPO

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, November 18 2019   /  01:56 am

Darrel WebberMany environmental and social NGOs have criticized the Kuala Lumpur-based Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a nonprofit, multistakeholder organization to promote sustainable palm oil, for allegedly allowing itself to be used by oil palm estates and processing companies to greenwash their social and environmental damage.On the other hand, many in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, which together account for 90 percent of the world’s palm oil output of over 70 million tons annually, have attacked RSPO as a tool of European and American vegetable oil producers to protect their market from highly-competitive palm oil. The Indonesian Oil Palm Association (GAPKI) quit RSPO in 2011 over different views on sustainability standards and the Indonesian government has introduced its own sustainability certification system. But since the European and United States markets accep...