RSPO has a vision to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm.
They have a four part mission:
- advance the production, procurement, finance and use of sustainable palm oil products.
- develop, implement, verify, assure and periodically review credible global standards for the entire supply chain of sustainable palm oil.
- monitor and evaluate the economic, environmental and social impacts of the uptake of sustainable palm oil in the market.
- engage and commit all stakeholders throughout the supply chain, including governments and consumers.
While RSPO has brought the sustainable palm oil market far forward, there are still elements that we hope to build upon, such as traceability to plantation level, protection of High Carbon Stock and High Conservation Value forests, protection of peat land regardless of its depth, and additional support to smallholder farmers.
That’s why we joined POIG, to participate in their vision of a responsible supply chain that has broken the link between palm oil production and the destruction of forests and peatlands, the exploitation of communities and workers, and climate change.
Barry Callebaut also participates in the Coalition for Sustainable Livelihoods. This consortium works to create a model of sustainable land use to foster improved livelihoods through policy, investment, and private sector engagement in North Sumatra and Aceh, Indonesia.