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'I’m not in love with RSPO but nevertheless one has to admit that it has done a lot of good work over the last 12 years,' said United Plantations chief executive director, Carl Bek-Nielsen. © iStock/slpu9945

'Let me be frank: No other broad certification scheme for a sustainable agricultural crop goes as far as RSPO for palm oil.'

United Plantations chief defends RSPO

By Niamh Michail

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is battling a number of issues, from its own members adding 'palm oil-free labels' on product packaging to calls at an EU level to strengthen its certification criteria. But according to United Plantations...

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GreenPalm palm oil goes greener – or does it?

By Niamh Michail

GreenPalm sustainable palm oil certificates will now offer buyers traceability back to the mill, meaning it is now the only fully inclusive supply chain open to all growers, says the trading platform. But campaigners are still calling it a "false...

'RSPO NEXT is an important milestone and can become a new industry benchmark for others who are working hard towards our common goal of 100% certified sustainable palm oil,' said Datuk Darrel Webber, CEO of RSPO. © iStock

RSPO Next draws mixed reactions over environmental stance

By Niamh Michail

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's RSPO Next allows manufacturers to demonstrate a tougher stance on deforestation, forest fires and peatland clearance – but it has been slammed by Greenpeace which says many progressive companies and governments...

Ex-Greenpeace boss: FMCG firms will drive palm oil sustainability

Exclusive interview: Paul Gilding, former executive director of Greenpeace

Ex-Greenpeace boss: FMCG firms will drive palm oil sustainability

By RJ Whitehead

The “viciously complex” issue of palm is dependent on FMCG firms like Unilever mobilising their consumers to lobby for sustainable production across Asia, a former head of Greenpeace believes.

Manufacturers' commitments are driving uptake, the RSPO says

Market uptake surges for RSPO-certified palm oil

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil now accounts for 18% of the total global palm oil market, up from 15% last year, according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

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