Industry Milestone: Acceptance of RSPO-Certified Sustainable Palm Oil Sets New Standard

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advisor for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Mr. Chandran. Photo by: Special

PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – Shipping products can be a significant challenge, particularly when delivering final products to mills on schedule and ensuring they come from sustainable palm oil sources.

Even a seemingly minor action can become a pivotal moment. For example, when major consumer goods producers accepted sustainable palm oil standards, it marked a historic turning point. This development extends beyond exports; it signifies industry-wide acceptance of sustainable standards.

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Mr. Chandran, an advisor for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), stated that the acceptance of RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil demonstrates that it meets the highest standards among all certification models.

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“In the five past years, Malaysia and Indonesia successfully minimized deforestation. Many learning articles published revealed the facts and showed that we successfully minimize deforestation and environmental damages while escalating social economic advantages for the local community,” Mr. Chandran said, as quoted from the official page of RSPO, Saturday (25/5/2024).

Though there have been progresses, he acknowledged, the absorption still reached about 19 – 20% of sustainable palm oil produced by RSPO members.

“Hundreds of companies do not take action to be (our) members. How would we get them? How would we involve them?” he asked.

RSPO found that it would be difficult because the argument was why should be the members when (the companies) become another membership. But it is time for every party to cooperate in harmony.

“We need to start communicating with the government about the national – scale standards in their jurisdiction. By this dialogue, we would cooperate to get the same approach because the core is sustainability,” he said.

Mr. Chandran continued sustainability is what can be proved to the world that palm oil industry can produce and consume sustainably. “This is our role to be bigger in getting communication to the world. Education and communication should start from the children namely in educational environment. The children are the future and decision makers and we have to start delivering educational and communication program better,” he said.

Eventually, the end goal is to produce, trade sustainable palm oil to develop the customers’ trusts. “This is the most important thing for us to do,” Chandran said. (T2)

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