RSPO Members Agree on New Palm Oil Standard to Halt Deforestation and Improve Human Rights Protection
RSPO’s enhanced Principles & Criteria aim to universally strengthen social development, environmental protection and economic prosperity across the sustainable palm oil value chain. Adopted at RSPO’s annual Roundtable Conference in November 2018, the achievement marks the result of an extensive multi-stakeholder review process that started in early 2017.
Forests Equal to Almost 350,000 Football Fields Conserved in RSPO Member Plantations
High Conservation Value areas set aside globally by RSPO members increased by 39% in 2018 – a total of 263,000 ha conserved, or an area slightly larger than 3.5 times the size of Singapore. Members also significantly reduced their carbon dioxide emissions compared to the previous year.
RSPO and HCSA Collaborate to Implement No Deforestation in High Forest Cover Landscapes
RSPO and the High Carbon Stock Approach have established a No Deforestation Joint Steering Group to provide guidance on the implementation of no deforestation requirements in High Forest Cover Landscapes. A key focus is the palm oil sector’s transition to local community production that conserves and enhances ecosystems in such Landscapes – while achieving sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction.