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What is the Sustainable Palm Oil Choice?

SPOC’s participants unite a group of companies and organisations who are convinced that palm oil can play a positive role in society when produced sustainably. We are committed to either use, produce or support the production and consumption of sustainable palm oil and inspire others to do the same.

By uniting our forces we want to invest in increasing and strengthening the positive impacts of palm production and reduce and eliminate the negative aspects associated with palm oil production and as such build sustainable palm oil value chains.

Why was the Sustainable Palm Oil Choice established?

The SPOC initiative is set up to strengthen and solidify the European investments in a sustainable palm oil value chain by promoting uptake of RSPO-certified material and instigating and catalysing further bold action towards eliminating deforestation and exploitation from palm oil supply chains while remaining smallholder inclusive.

SPOC’s participants unite European refining industries with bold constructive NGO voices. Together we want to invest in increasing and strengthening the positive impacts of palm production and reduce and eliminate the negative aspects associated with palm oil production and build sustainable palm oil value chains. One of our ambitions is to strive for 100% uptake of sustainable palm oil in Europe by COP Nov 2021. It is important to note that to reach this target we depend a great deal on FMCG and Retail buying of sustainably produced palm oil.

SPOC’s participants unite a group of companies and organisations who are convinced that palm oil can play a positive role in society when produced sustainably. By uniting our forces we want to invest in increasing and strengthening the positive impacts of palm production and reduce and eliminate the negative aspects associated with palm oil production and as such build sustainable palm oil value chains.

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 by a group of companies and organisations from the private sector, NGOs and civil society.

The secretariat is run by Marieke Leegwater of Solidaridad, with support of the secretariat of the European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA). SPOC is co-financed by Solidaridad, EPOA and IDH. These organisations are also member of the SPOC Steering Board.

SPOC activities and programming are governed by the SPOC Advisory Board. Members are Conservation International, WWF, Solidaridad, Sime Darby, Wilmar, Ferrero and EPOA.

For an overview of SPOC participants and their individual stories about sustainable palm oil click here.

Who is eligible to join SPOC?

All organisations who can show their commitment to produce, supply or buy certified sustainable palm oil (minimal RSPO, equivalent or better) are welcome to join. There are some minimal requirements:

  • FMCG: requirement of 100 % CSPO uptake (Total Group Entity)
  • Refineries & Traders: NDPE Policy, commitment to supply CSPO, commit to genuine transparency in case of incidents
  • NGOs and Zoos: support the production and consumption of sustainable palm oil

Participants are encouraged follow sign up for Social media updates on Linked in and Twitter and  encouraged to support dissemination of SPOC information & mention SPOC on own website. Participants  can sign up for SPOC Advisory Team, keeping in mind the balanced composition of the team. Not sure if you are eligible to join? Please send us a message and we will get in touch.

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

Sustainably produced palm oil contributes to better livelihoods, labour circumstances, and nature conservation. At present we see the RSPO certification mechanism as the best way to validate this. Buying RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil is an important driver of positive change in the palm oil industry. Buying 100% sustainable palm products is a starting point for further action.

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

We expect Sustainable Palm Oil Choice participants 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.

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

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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