Tag Archives: RSPO

How to define ‘no deforestation’

After years of debate companies have finally agreed on a standard for forest protection. Now it’s time to turn words into action, writes Deborah Lapidus. Over the past three years, thanks in large part to responsible sourcing policies adopted by leading consumer goods manufacturers and retailers, several of the world’s largest agribusinesses that once destroyed…
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Opening shots in a palm oil war

Suspension from the RSPO has knocked supplier IOI but it’s the kicking from its customers that hurts most – and big food brands kick hard when their sustainability reputation is at risk. The IOI Group’s chief executive officer, Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor, said the decision to sue the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was…
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The Review

Meat cuts, food fraud and dodgy palm oil. Sustainable diets: Three cheers for Holland The Netherlands’ Nutrition Centre has updated its dietary advice and has B advised a halving of meat consumption, to 500g per week. No more than 300g of this should be red meat, they say, in the main because of its considerable environmental footprint.…
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New criteria for sustainable palm oil

Good things come to those who wait. Sort of. After years of wrangling the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil has finally launched improved criteria for its certification scheme. “RSPO Next” is a voluntary initiative for companies that wish to exceed current requirements. This includes a no deforestation policy, commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and…
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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. 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…
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Palm oil schemes “dodgy”

THE AUDITORS behind the influential Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification scheme are producing fraudulent reports, according to a new investigation. Research by the Environmental Investigation Agency and Grassroots also suggested that some of the scheme’s auditors are failing to identify indigenous land rights claims or cases of trafficked labourers being used in plantations.  …
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News review

More Scottish food please, Bidvest sustainability update, Hospitality delivers 10% of GDP, Keep big portions out of reach, Tea certification failures....                     NFUS challenges foodservice   Scotland’s farming union will approach foodservice and catering companies asking them to spell out their commitments to Scottish agriculture. The move follows Brakes’ announcement…
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Spreading the news

NUTELLA'S UNDESERVED criticism from the French environment minister suggests that brands could do more to highlight their progress on sustainable palm oil argues David Burrows. It's not often that the likes of Greenpeace will jump to defence of a multinational food company, but it made an exception for Ferrero. The confectionery firm’s Nutella spread was thrust…
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Palm oil progress

DEMAND IS growing for sustainable oil but many companies still aren't doing their bit.                     Demand for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) is outstripping supply for the first time. New data from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) also shows that the gap between sustainable and…
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Record sales of RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

FOR THE FIRST time, demand for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) is rising faster than supply as sales reach more than 2.4 million metric tonnes. New data by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) revealed a record high in sales of CSPO for the first half of 2014 with total sales increasing by 48.8%.…
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