Report as of the end of 2015 and outlook
When the French Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil was founded in 2013, its member companies pledged to have all their palm oil supplies be RSPO-certified (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) by the end of 2015.
In April 2016, the Alliance reported on the status of this pledge before an audience of environmental NGOs, government officials and prominent stakeholders: As of the end of 2015, 96% of palm oil purchased by Alliance members was RSPO-certified.
It is also important to note that 73% of the supply of sustainable palm oil meets the highest level of RSPO certification (“segregated”), as well as parallel standards guaranteeing optimal sustainability and traceability back to the plantations.
The Alliance now focuses on achieving its second goal to source 100% sustainable palm oil based on the Alliance’s established criteria:
- oil with known, and therefore traceable, origins;
- oil with no impact on deforestation and respects ecosystems with high conservation value;
- oil sourced through cultivation practices that respect high carbon value forests;
- oil sourced through farming practices that fully preserve and protect all peatlands;
- oil that does not come from plantations resorting to slash and burn;
- oil that protects the rights of local workers, populations, and communities, respecting the principle of free, prior, and informed consent of those communities;
- oil that promotes development of independent producers farming small plots.
You can find all of the Alliance’s work in the summary note, along with all the presentations of the Alliance’s work in video form:
- Their pledge to source 100% RSPO-certified palm oil by the end of 2015: publication of Alliance results
- The qualitative and quantitative findings from the Alliance survey of European refiners
- Reconstruction of roundtable discussions: “What will be the Alliance’s guiding principles between 2016 and 2020?”
- Reconstruction of roundtable discussions: “What guarantees do consumers have on palm oil’s traceability and sustainability?”
- Reconstruction of roundtable discussions: “How can stakeholders be united toward the common goal of ‘zero deforestation’?”
- Video summary of the 12 April event