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RSPO members urged to embrace GreenPalm option and aim for 100% physical sustainable palm
As we head towards RT10 and the RSPO General Assembly on the 1st November, a group of growers, millers and environmental organisations have called for a resolution to the RSPO’s Principles and Criteria which urges all members to support RSPO certified palm oil through GreenPalm certificates, until they can achieve 100% physical, sustainable palm.
This resolution, which will be presented at the GA during RT10, is particularly pleasing because it shows that although GreenPalm was introduced as a short-term solution in 2008, growers and other members continue to see it as a viable option.
Indeed, for some organisations such as SMEs and the smaller growers who cannot supply segregated material, GreenPalm remains the only option.
As well as requesting that all ordinary members use GreenPalm certificates, the group has asked that all member sectors issue written public commitments to the mandated As well as requesting that all ordinary members use GreenPalm certificates, the group has asked that all member sectors issue written public commitments to the mandated Principles and Criteria and that the Executive Board instigate a more robust monitoring system, to ensure compliance to all P&C elements that are applicable to ordinary members.
General manager of GreenPalm Bob Norman is encouraged by this latest development. He said: “We have always believed that GreenPalm would continue to play an important role as one of the supply chain options.
“To see the draft resolution and the support given to GreenPalm by growers and other, very significant members is extremely satisfying. I’m looking forward to the General Assembly and to seeing what other members and the Executive Board think about the proposals.”
The RSPO’s existing Principles and Criteria are due to be debated at the GA and the group, which is made up of growers including Carrefour, Agropalma, New Britain Palm Oil, and GEC, as well as Oxfam, Shell and the Zoological Society of London, have put forward a raft of recommendations they feel would contribute to the ongoing integrity and credibility of the RSPO. These suggestions cover a wide range of criteria including those dealing with human rights and ethical business practices.