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What is the Sustainable Palm Oil Choice?

We are a group of companies and organisations that are committed to either use, produce or support sustainable palm oil.  We define sustainable palm oil according to the principles and criteria of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil, its equivalent or with additional criteria. We voice our commitments, actions and progress to show the impact that sustainable palm oil can have on the ground and challenge other companies and organisations to do the same.

Why was the Sustainable Palm Oil Choice established?

The Sustainable Palm Oil Choice is established to create a more constructive debate on sustainable palm oil.

Palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil. It is a high quality versatile ingredient needed to answer growing demand for global food. It is efficient in land use and yield and it is a driver for socio-economic development in rural areas. At the same time, the sharp increase in production and use of palm oil is highly contested. It is being associated with deforestation, loss of biodiversity and human rights issues.

Problems and issues related to palm oil are widely addressed and some stakeholders publicly call for a ban on palm. But banning palm oil, because of these problems does not solve them. By moving away from palm oil, including sustainable palm oil, we lose the incentive for producers to invest and produce palm oil in a sustainable way. And the remaining palm oil will be sold to markets with less strict sustainability criteria.

The solution lies in choosing sustainably produced palm oil. By talking about progress, sharing good practices how palm can be grown sustainably and telling the stories that show the difference on the ground we can change the negative perception of palm oil and drive full market transformation in Europe. We need your voice to build a more constructive debate on sustainable palm oil and to earn trust and belief that sustainable palm oil is the solution and will help protect rainforests, conserve biodiversity and create fair socio-economic conditions.

We established the Sustainable Palm Oil Choice to tell the stories that make a difference. We choose to give a voice to those practices that show how palm can be grown sustainably. We need these voices to build a more constructive debate on sustainable palm oil and to earn the trust and belief that sustainable palm oil is a solution for the problems that concern us all.

Who is behind the Sustainable Palm Oil Choice?

The Sustainable Palm Oil Choice is initiated and funded by a group of companies and organisations from the private sector, NGOs and civil society. The secretariat is run by the European Palm Oil Alliance.

Who is eligible to join SPOC?

As long as you can show your commitment to produce, supply or buy certified sustainable palm oil (minimal RSPO, equivalent or better) you are welcome to join, i.e. all companies using or producing sustainable palm oil, organisations working to improve sustainability in palm oil production and alliances that create awareness on the need for sustainable palm oil, but also banks, investors, universities, sustainability experts, zoos, government institutions, etc.

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How does the Sustainable Palm Oil Choice define sustainable palm oil?

All participants of the Sustainable Palm Oil Choice should be committed to the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and No Deforestation, No development on Peatland and No Exploitation or equivalent as a minimum. That means they are a member and are (working towards) full RSPO certification and uptake and are continuously working to improve the sustainability in palm oil production.

What is expected if I become a Sustainable Palm Oil Choice member?

As a Sustainable Palm Oil Choice member we expect you to show your commitment and talk about your journey towards sustainable palm oil. Tell us about your projects, your learnings and the impact you make on the ground.  And share your commitment, actions and progress towards 100 % sustainable palm oil with others. You invite other companies and organisations to switch to sustainable palm oil and join the Sustainable Palm Oil Choice. The Sustainable Palm Oil Choice secretariat will support your messages by providing specific Sustainable Palm Oil Choice communication tools.

What do I get as a Sustainable Palm Oil Choice member?

Participating in the Sustainable Palm Oil Choice is a chance to be part of a dynamic and active group of companies and organisations that aim to create a movement to choose sustainable palm oil. You will get the opportunity to join the platform and share your progress with other companies and civil society organisations that support sustainable palm oil.  In this way we will create a constructive solution oriented environment to increase the uptake of sustainable palm oil in Europe and reach 100% sustainable palm oil in 2020.

Your commitment, actions and impact will be visible here.

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