Collaboration will strengthen operations with more than 480 smallholder farmers
MINNEAPOLIS, June 8 2017 /3BL Media/ – Cargill, in collaboration with the international nonprofit Solidaridad and the Colombian-based international trading company, C.I. Biocosta S.A., announced today a new palm oil smallholder sustainability program in Colombia aimed at improving agricultural practices and farmer livelihoods. The two-year effort will strengthen operations in cooperation with more than 480 palm farmers through training and technical assistance.
Certification Reaches 21% Penetration of Global Market
Food, Cosmetics, and Energy Sectors All Benefitting from Increased Availability of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil
Industry by industry, third-party certification of sustainability performance is increasingly helping to move the dial toward more responsible production and supply chain practices in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals. Nowhere is this more apparent that in the case of palm oil.
141 independent oil palm smallholders in Perak get RSPO certification
KUALA LUMPUR, March 6, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Cargill, in partnership with Wild Asia, has helped 141 independent oil palm smallholder farmers in Perak receive the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification under the Wild Asia Group Scheme (WAGS). Fifty of these farmers are from indigenous communities in Perak. This brings the total number of RSPO-certified independent smallholders under the WAGS to 175.
HSBC recently pledged to cut ties with companies connected to deforestation for palm oil in major production zones. The decision followed a report from Greenpeace that highlighted HSBC’s connection with palm oil companies involved in the destruction of rainforests.
The European Safety Authority (ESFA) released a report last year highlighting the potential health hazards posed by the consumption of harmful compounds found in refined vegetable oils. The negative and often misleading news media coverage of Nutella that resulted was so strong that Ferrero (the manufacturer of Nutella), experienced a decrease in product sales.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is an organization dedicated to “transforming the market to make sustainable palm oil the norm.” To accomplish this goal, the RSPO monitors how their efforts affect the three pillars of sustainability: people, planet and profit.
SCS Global Services Issues First Certificate to Vermont Soap Company
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EMERYVILLE, CA, Jan 24, 2016 — SCS Global Services (SCS) announced that it has officially earned accreditation as a third-party certifier under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) program. SCS is the first RSPO-accredited certifier headquartered in North America, and only the second in the Americas. SCS has received accreditation to certify supply chains (SCCS), with pending accreditation to certify palm oil plantations and mills (P&C). SCS’ first RSPO certificate was awarded to Vermont Soap, a well-known soap manufacturer based in Middlebury, Vermont.
As worldwide efforts grow to support more sustainable palm oil development, one thing is clear: The geography and controversy change.
For companies that have palm oil in their product lines, the ability to track and verify ethically and sustainably produced palm oil will be challenging because of the inherent “moving target” aspect of this material.