RSPO adds no deforestation criteria for palm oil

THE ROUNDTABLE on Sustainable Palm Oil has finally agreed to add a “no deforestation” commitment to its standards pertaining to sustainable production.

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RSPO Next, as it’s been badged, will be a voluntary addendum covering the claims of “No Deforestation, No Peat Planting and strengthened Human Rights commitments” the organisation said in a statement.

 

A detailed investigation into recent allegations relating to “dodgy” auditing systems will also take place, following a vote at the RSPO’s 13th annual meeting.

 

The UK sourced between 72% and 93% of its palm oil from sustainable sources in 2014, according to figures published last week. The target is 100% by the end of this year.

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