THE RSPO ROULETTE: How Profits Win Over People And Planet

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed due to criticisms of the impact of the palm oil industry on the environment and people where it is cultivated. Palm oil has become a major industry in countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and others along the equatorial belt. Owing to projected increases in global demand for food, palm oil has become an increasingly lucrative crop. The advent of biofuels has further boosted demand for the crop. The RSPO was founded in 2004 as a multi-stakeholder organisation bringing together all the different stakeholders into a common platform with equal footing to develop and manage a system for defining a new paradigm for palm oil operations in the spirit of sustainable development. As such, its membership is a reflection of the various interests, from growers to the final consumer end of the supply-chain as well as social and environmental civil society organisations (CSOs). Currently, the RSPO has set up a third party certification scheme based on its Principles & Criteria for Sustainable Palm Oil (P&C). RSPO claims its certified palm oil constitutes 15% of the global supply of palm oil.


Title: THE RSPO ROULETTE: How Profits Win Over People And Planet
Authors: Andrew Ng
Si Siew Lim
Tags: sustainable palm oil
highly hazardous pesticides
human rights
Date: 11-Nov-2013
Publisher: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
Category Type: Books
Appears in Sub-Collections:Food crisis

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