Sustainable Palm Oil

Ethical labelling is under scrutiny like never before in the wake of documented abuses. But its promise remains strong. ©iStock/Antonio_Diaz

Ethical certification promises much - but it's been a tough year

By David Burrows

Back in 2014 I interviewed Hans Jöhr, who at the time was corporate head of agriculture at Nestlé. We had a (refreshingly) open discussion about certification schemes. Some of them are “cheating consumers” and “cannot help farmers be better farmers per...

Greenpeace has alleged further palm oil supply chain abuse. IOI says it is putting its house in order. ©iStock

IOI damage raises questions about RSPO standards

By David Burrows

The damage caused by IOI’s deforestation and peatland drainage is “far greater” than that detailed in the complaint that led to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil suspending the supplier back in April, says Greenpeace.

IOI has announced it will not only drop the court case against RSPO but has pledged to sign up to RSPO Next, the certification body's strictest policy. © iStock

IOI drops legal action against RSPO

By David Burrows

Palm oil supplier IOI Corporation Berhad has ditched plans to sue the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), saying it has “engaged” with customers, NGOs and the RSPO to resolve the matter.

PepsiCo: ‘Is sustainability mainstream or faddish?’

Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, Dubai

PepsiCo: ‘Is sustainability mainstream or faddish?’

By Jenny Eagle

PepsiCo will highlight its sustainability progress across its most significant areas: water, packaging, waste, energy and agriculture at Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, in Dubai, this week (October 27).

Africa set to join forces and finance a food security trust fund

Pan-African trust fund to tackle food security

By Kacey Culliney

An African-financed, FAO directed trust fund will provide resources needed to drive sustainable food production across the continent and the oil sector will play a crucial role, according to FAO’s director-general.

Craven: 'It’s not right for a supplier to sell and run'

AAK: If you make palm oil claims you must play by RSPO rules

By Elaine Watson

Food manufacturers are using certified sustainable palm oil in their products – and making claims about it – when they are not members of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and have not have their facilities RSPO audited and certified, one...

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