PalmOilMagazine, JAKARTA – In this year, Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Berkelanjutan Indonesia (FORTASBI) did “Malam Apresiasi” or Appreciation Night event to their buyers for supporting independent smallholders who got Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certificate in Indonesia. It was the second event after it was done in Bangkok in November 2019. It got more special because it was virtually done in Covid-19 pandemic.
At the time there were 11 buyers that directly got the appreciation from the independent smallholders, such as, Pepsico, Unilever, ACT, The Body Shop, Nestle, Felleksjoopet, Estee Lauder, Johnson and Johnson, Bayer AG, Givaudan, and The Hershey. There are 5 new buyers in this year, they are, The Body Shop, Estee Lauder, Givaudan, Nestle, and The Hershey.
Chairman of FORTASBI, H. Narno said that his side did Appreciation Night and presented to RSPO credit buyers from the independent smallholders in Indonesia. Because of their supports, the independent smallholders could expand the impacts of RSPO certificate to the people.
“From the RSPO credit buying, our members could protect the environment, develop the health, education. Some even use the fund to solve the economic issue in Covid-19 pandemic,” he said, as in the official statement to PalmOilMagazine.com recently.
The support (to buy RSPO credit) from the independent smallholders is the alternative to do now because this would keep them implementing sustainable palm oil standards in the site level.
In 2021, FORTASBI told that the buying supports for about 7.500 independent smallholders having RSPO certificate could be US$ 1,5 million or equal to Rp 20 billion (within rate about Rp 14.000/US dollar)
There were six buyers attending the event, such as, Unilever, Pepsico, Fellekjoopet, ACT Commodities, Nestle, and The Body Shop. The others could not attend. The discussion and Talkshow was coordinated by Gita Syahrani as Head of LTKL (Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari) Secretariat. Every buyer is committed to support independent smallholders by buying RSPO credit as the collaboration to transform sustainable palm oil. (T2)