Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is calling for greater tranparency on where and how palm oil is grown in the quest for responsible and sustainable sourcing.
Speaking at the RSPO European rountable in London Indonesian vice minister of trade Dr Bayu Krisnamurthi stated the Indonesian government’s intention to work together with RSPO towards a joint sustainable palm oil standard, which would scale up production of certified sustainable palm oil in Indonesia.
He proposed to convert RSPO into an ‘open source’ standard available for non-RSPO members.
RSPO secretary general Darrel Webber said: “By increasing transparency on where and how palm oil is grown, we want to strengthen the role of RSPO as a benchmark to measure everyone’s performance. GFW’s maps will give greater assurance to European buyers that the CSPO they’re sourcing is produced responsibly.
They will also act as a tool for certified growers to show their commitment and urge customers to support them.”
The maps for all RSPO certified palm oil plantations have been released and are accessible on the new World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch Commodities platform. By releasing the maps RSPO is hoping for greater transparency in the supply chain and to achieve 100% certified sustainable palm oil.