Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Impact
Palm oil is in nearly every product you use, and it's destroying vast tracts of land. Here's how you can help.
The WorldPost
Slaughtering orangutans is a common crime on Borneo, but rarely prosecuted.
Environment
I expect a fiercesome debate between Malaysian conservation groups, the extractive industries in Sabah including palm oil
Environment
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, an industry-dominated body that aims to drive environmental and social responsibility, is facing a key test of its viability in the next day.
Environment
It would be an act against conservation to reject a platform that would address the environmental needs of the global community while improving socio-economic needs for local communities.
Business
So what aspects should multinational corporations focus on to address increasing stakeholder pressures and improve their operational sustainability? One important area is the management of natural resources and environmental impacts, both in the corporations' own operations and also in their "value chains."
Environment
We should cheer the journey that these companies are taking on but we should not lose sight of the destination, which is to see sustainably produced palm oil being used in products we buy.
Environment
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which is a globally recognized certification body for palm oil, has suspended a bunch of its members for non-compliance. I was surprised the RSPO acted this fast as the usual complaint is that it acts too slow.
Environment
We cannot be lulled into complacency by commitments. A recent report by the BBC found that research by the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology gave the mammals of Borneo a "poor outlook" in terms of survival unless there is a shift in how things are done.
Environment
The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations has been identified as a key threat to the survival of orangutans.
Environment
Did all the producing members of this volume abide by the rules or is a part of it produced by members like Wilmar Group, which is being targeted by Greenpeace or Bumitama Group which was the subject of a comprehensive study by Rainforest Action Network?
Environment
Palm oil is a tiny fraction of the ingredients that Starbucks uses. That makes the options for them really simple. They can choose to pay the premiums for untainted palm oil or they can drop its use totally
Environment
It's use is so widespread that it can be found in your foods and detergents and if you use cosmetics, it's there too. The
Environment
WWF's statement surprised many long-time palm oil watchers, but the organization deserves enormous credit for sticking to its principles and making clear that companies cannot claim sustainability just by sticking an RSPO label on their product while continuing to destroy the Earth's forests.
Business
Oxfam just released its "Behind the Brands" scorecard and we can be sure that CEOs at each of the 10 ranked companies went straight to the overview to see where they were placed; concern for their actual score would have been secondary and a deeper look at the details behind the scores third.
Environment
CORRECTION: A previous version of this piece suggested that the U.K. sister of Girl Scouts -- Girl Guides -- have replaced
Environment
The Netherlands has committed to only using palm oil certified under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by 2015