Why Sustainable Palm Oil?

We are in a climate crisis. Unsustainable agricultural practices, including the production of palm oil, exacerbate global warming, destroy ecosystems, and endanger wildlife. They can also cause conflicts over land ownership and erode workers’ rights. However, while unsustainable certified palm oil production can have widespread negative impacts, sustainable production is part of the solution.

Research shows that when palm oil is produced sustainably, with zero deforestation, the plantations can be a positive element in the local agroecological system, even attracting wildlife. The environment, workers’ rights, and the land rights of local people are all protected and livelihoods improved.

Find out below why researchers, conservation organisations, and NGOs think certified palm oil is crucial to achieving a sustainable future.

Sustainably Produced Palm Oil Protects the Environment

While the unsustainable production of palm oil poses threats to wildlife and natural habitats in the tropicsinvesting in sustainable palm oil creates major opportunities to halt deforestation. 

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Sustainably Produced Palm Oil Creates Robust Livelihoods

The work of growing oil palms and harvesting their fruits provides a major source of income for millions of smallholder farmers who depend partly or solely on palm oil for their livelihoods.

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Sustainable Palm Oil Producers Implement Decent Living Wages

The palm oil industry is the first sector in global agricultural production to have a certification scheme that fully requires the implementation of a Decent Living Wage (DLW).

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Buying Sustainable Palm Oil Drives Industry Transformation

While European Union member states only import 17% of the global production of RSPO certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), they play a significant role in driving demand. 

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