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Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm Oil Workers Investigated For Killing, Eating Endangered Orangutan

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.16.2017 | World

Indonesian police are investigating claims that palm oil plantation workers on the island of Borneo killed, butchered and ate a critically endangered ...

The Sabah Map to End All Debates on Producing Sustainable Palm Oil

Robert Hii | Posted 04.11.2016 | Green
Robert Hii

Sabah state in Malaysia has aspirations to become one of the first jurisdictions in the world to produce only certified sustainable palm oil statewide...

RSPO: Completely Worthless, or Just Mostly Worthless? (UPDATED)

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 03.31.2016 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

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.

Towards a Global Definition of Sustainable Palm Oil

Robert Hii | Posted 12.18.2016 | Green
Robert Hii

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.

Greening Corporate Value Chains Lowers Environmental Impact and Lifts Competitiveness

FOMIN | Posted 09.23.2016 | 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."

Zero Deforestation Commitments the First Step Towards Certified Palm Oil

Robert Hii | Posted 06.08.2016 | Green
Robert Hii

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.

Seventh Generation Suspended by Certification Body

Robert Hii | Posted 05.23.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

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.

Will the Year 2015 Bring Us Kinder Girl Scout Cookies?

Robert Hii | Posted 05.03.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

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.

Orangutan's Horrific Death Underscores Need for Brands to Use Certified Palm Oil

Robert Hii | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations has been identified as a key threat to the survival of orangutans.

Saving Orangutans One Company at a Time

Robert Hii | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

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?

How Starbucks Can Save Orangutans Today

Robert Hii | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

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

Greenwashed Palm Oil Marketing?

Robert Hii | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

What's in a word? According to consumer groups, when it comes to marketing products that use palm oil, everything. They issued a harsh statement this ...

The Death of "Sustainability"

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

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.

Oxfam's Brands Scorecard Hints at a Better Way for Sustainability: Let the Competitive Juices Flow

Scott Poynton | Posted 04.29.2013 | Business
Scott Poynton

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.

Bonnie Christian

New Policy Baking For Girl Scout Cookies | Bonnie Christian | Posted 12.07.2011 | Green

What started as a research project to earn a Girl Scout Bronze Award has become a five-year-long campaign by two Michigan Girl Scouts. Rhiannon To...

Which Country Is First To Commit To Sustainable Palm Oil?

Mongabay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Netherlands has committed to only using palm oil certified under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by 2015, providing a huge boost for...