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National Commitments

National Commitments refer to country-level initiatives, spearheaded by industry, government, or both, to forge alliances towards Certified Sustainable Palm Oil commitments. These undertakings show the importance of collaboration in realizing a vision that promotes environmental protection, wildlife conservation and human rights and social issues.

These National Commitments have been established independently of the RSPO by industry players, including government bodies in some cases. The RSPO seeks to play an instrumental role in the growth and success of these National Commitments, by:

  • providing information in terms of knowledge sharing on membership and market performance data;
  • announcing commitments through the RSPO Annual Communications Of Progress;
  • facilitating upstream and supply chain certification processes;
  • RSPO messaging and positioning on various issues.

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National Commitments

Belgium - Belgian Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil

Driver for Action

The Belgian Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil (BASP) was originally launched in 2012 to address issues of sustainability and was more recently expanded to include nutrition and health in the Belgian palm oil market.

Following some early successes, BASP was relaunched last year as an official association, in a move that got significant press attention. Whilst its main focus stays on affecting a transformation towards sustainable palm oil, its new secondary focus is on ‘re-balancing the debate’ by talking to journalists and other stakeholders to engage all parties in the debate rather than just promoting the use of sustainable palm oil.

Commitments

  1. SUSTAINABILITY
    • Members of the Alliance are committed to ensuring that by 2020 the food products in which palm oil is processed and which are ultimately intended for the Belgian market only contain sustainable palm oil.
  2. COOPERATION ACROSS THE ENTIRE CHAIN
    • A sound transition to sustainable palm oil requires an integrated approach, mobilising all stakeholders, namely producers, refineries, NGOs, governments, industrial users, distributors and end users, to work together and find solutions to any obstacles that are in the way of achieving the objectives.
  3. TRANSPARENCY
    • BASP fully supports the European obligation to state whether palm oil is used in the product on the food product packaging. This is already a major step towards full transparency. Nevertheless, BASP is committed to better informing consumers about all aspects of sustainable palm oil.

 

Czech Republic and Slovakia - Initiative for Sustainable Palm Oil

Description/ Driver for Action

The Initiative for Sustainable Palm Oil is a movement of companies and NGOs in the Czech Republic and Slovakia committed to either produce, use or support sustainable palm oil. It was established as an informal movement demystifying palm oil.

Commitments

Companies that exclusively use certified sustainable palm oil as well as other organisations that promote its use can use the logo on their website to demonstrate their commiment. By increasing the number of users and supporters, the Czech Republic and Slovakia could sign the Amsterdam Declaration to affirm its long-term vision.

Progress

In 2020, the Initiative for Sustainable Palm Oil published a brochure about sustainable palm oil in cooperation with the Czech Consumer Association. The brochure has been distributed among palm oil users and is used as reference material in lectures and other communication activties with professionals, journalists, general public, etc.

More information can be found here:

https://www.udrzitelnypalmovyolej.cz

Denmark - Danish Alliance for Responsible Palm Oil

Description/Driver for Action

For a number of years, parts of the Danish business community have worked to promote responsibly produced palm oil. In 2014, the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) established the "Business Initiative for Sustainable Palm Oil", which brought together a number of Danish food producers, and in 2014, the Danish Chamber of Commerce established an initiative for responsibly produced palm oil, which brought together Danish retailers.

In 2020, the Danish Initiative for Ethical Trade (DIEH) took the initiative for a joint Danish effort with a number of companies including: DI, the Danish Chamber of Commerce, the Danish Agriculture & Food Council, the trade association for Danish grocers, the Danish Association of Cosmetics and Detergents, the Industry Association for the Danish Laundry, Cosmetics and Household Industry (VKH), WWF Denmark, 3F - United Federation of Workers in Denmark, NEPCon Preferred By Nature and the Ministry of the Environment and Food. Through a binding collaboration, the Alliance ensures the use of responsibly produced palm oil in Denmark and contributes to progress towards responsible production globally.

The Alliance's vision is that all palm oil imported to Denmark – both in raw form and embedded in products — is produced responsibly, including legally produced and not contributing to deforestation or conversion of other natural vegetation. Through a joint Danish effort, the Alliance envisions to contribute to continuous improvements in the responsible production of palm oil globally.

Commitments

The members of the Alliance are committed to achieving the Alliance’s vision and disseminating information about it. In order to achieve its vision, the Alliance's business participants also commit to:

  1. Prepare and publish an action plan for responsible palm oil, including a time schedule, no later than 31st May 2021. The action plan must describe the status of the company's work with responsible palm oil and describe initiatives to ensure progress towards the Alliance's vision.
  2. Report progress annually to the Alliance Secretariat — for the first time, before the end of May 2022.

More information can be found here:

https://www.dieh.dk/projekter/dansk-alliance-for-ansvarlig-palmeolie/

France - Alliance for the Preservation of Forests

Description/Driver for Action

The Alliance for the Preservation of Forests is a European coalition of companies recognising the importance of securing supplies that are respectful of forests, biodiversity and local populations within industries.

It was the Alliance’s expertise in the sustainable palm oil sector that convinced its members of the need to expand their operations to all sectors and to address deforestation at a landscape level in order to have a real impact.

The Alliance for the Preservation of Forests aims at Zero Deforestation by 2025 through the adoption of cross commodities and landscape approaches.

Commitments

To be able to implement the conditions necessary for the restoration of forest ecosystems in each of the key supply basins, the Alliance for the Preservation of Forests assumes four major roles:

  • List and mutualise the progress made by companies on these issues and encourage the sharing of experiences and the funding of projects through a dedicated portal.
  • Set up the right conditions to allow stakeholders to imagine together new methods of territorial management and experiment with them.
  • Support companies in the structuring of their internal procedures and help them enhance and democratise the landscape and cross-commodities approach.
  • Raise awareness among the general public on the importance of these challenges and provide a territorialised response (by large supply area) and influence legislation in this regard.

Progress

The Alliance has managed to position itself as the representative of companies committed to the fight against deforestation, recognised by all the stakeholders involved (NGOs, media, key opinion leaders, scientists, governments, etc.). The Alliance raises its voice among French and European political leaders supporting legislation to fight deforestation.

More information can be found here:

https://alliance-preservation-forets.org/en/

 

Germany - The German Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP)

Description/Driver for action

The Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP) is a multi-stakeholder initiative of around 50 companies, associations, non-governmental organisations, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ) coordinates the secretariat on behalf of the BMEL.

For the past five years, FONAP has actively engaged in activities within producer countries that promote sustainable palm oil production. Hereby, the aim is to increase the amount of sustainably produced and consumed palm oil in the food, feed and chemical sectors, while improving existing schemes and ensuring the implementation of human rights standards along the global supply chain. Companies engage with this multi-stakeholder partnership in order to tackle complex challenges, such as those surrounding certification systems or the adherence to human rights obligations, together instead of on an individual company-based level. There are multiple opportunities for FONAP members to get involved with these activities, for example through knowledge exchanges with experts during events, participation in diverse working groups, or through supporting sustainable cultivation as part of the FONAP smallholder project in Malaysia.

Commitments

The members of FONAP agree to:

Source 100% of their crude refined and unrefined palm oil (without fractions and derivatives) using at least the Segregated (SG) supply chain option;

Source 100% of their crude, refined and unrefined palm kernel oil (without fractions and derivatives):

  • using at least the Mass Balance (MB) supply chain option
  • from 1 January 2018 using at least the segregated (SG) supply chain option.

With regard to fractions and derivatives (irrespective of whether these are based on palm oil or palm kernel oil):

  • From 2020 source 100% using at least the mass balance supply chain option.
    • Exceptions apply and with requirements for the non-food sector only, provided that the lack of availability can be explained plausibly, and an action plan is submitted to achieve the target.

Progress

FONAP conducted a monitoring report in 2014, based on 2013 figures provided by their members. According to that data, progress so far shows that amongst the Forum’s members they have achieved: 52% CSPO in the food sector; 30% across all sectors; 50% in the cosmetics, personal and home care sector; 10% in the chemistry and pharmacy sector; and 1% in the feed sector.

Most of the sectors are still far from reaching their target; the only one which is close to 100% CSPO is the margarine producers.

FONAP includes food manufacturers and retailers, but it also has quite a large number of cosmetic, personal and home care members. The notable absentee is the animal feed sector.

More information can be found here:

www.forumpalmoel.org/en/fonap.html

 

Italy

On 29th October 2015 the European Palm Oil Conference (EPOC 2015) held in Milan welcomed the launch of the Italian Union for Sustainable Palm Oil (Unione Italiana per l’olio di palma sostenibile). The Union has just begun work on the task of raising awareness of the benefits and contribution of certified sustainable palm oil for the food industry. Industry associations such as Aidepi and Assitol and manufacturers such as Ferrero and Nestlè are already members of the Union, and its aim is to achieve the 100% CSPO goal by 2020. President of the Italian Union is Giuseppe Allocca.

 

Netherlands

Driver for action

On 2 December 2015 the ‘Dutch Alliance on Sustainable Palm Oil’ (DASPO) was launched. The DASPO is the successor of the Dutch Task Force Sustainable Palm Oil which was created in 2010 initially because there was a lack of CSPO uptake. Growers had made the first move by starting to produce CSPO and there was a need to match th​at​ effort downstream.

​The members of the ​​​DASPO are​: Dutch Bakery and Confectionery Industry (VBZ), Dutch Convenience Food Association (AKSV), Dutch Food Retail Association (CBL), Dutch Food Industry Federation (FNLI), Dutch Potato Processors Association (VAVI), International Margarine Association for the Countries of Europe (IMACE-NL), MVO - The Netherlands Oils and Fats Industry, The Dutch Feed Industry Association (Nevedi), The Association of Dutch Producers of Edible Oils and Fats (Vernof).

IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative is partner of the ​DASPO.

Commitments

DASPO members commit themselves to: 1) maintain the commitment towards the level of 100% sustainable palm oil processed in the Netherlands and destined for the Dutch market. 2) Stimulate their members to use physical sustainable palm oil, palm kernel oil, fractions and derivatives in RSPO (Identity Preserved, Segregated and Mass Balance) - or equivalent - to process or buy for the Dutch market. 3) To plea for, and stimulate the continuous improvement of certification systems for sustainable palm oil such as the RSPO - or equivalent - in line with relevant developments.

Progress

In 2014, Task Force members took important steps towards their commitment: 72% of the palm oil processed by the Dutch food industry was sustainable. This is an 11% increase compared to the 2013 reporting. Positive developments have led to many sectors processing around 80% sustainable palm oil. Also, the percentage of segregated palm oil has grown with 8%. Furthermore, the feed sector initiated important actions to reach the Task Force commitment. The demand for sustainable palm oil outside the Netherlands is therefore also important for the Dutch production. To support the European demand, IDH (The Sustainable Trade Initiative) and MVO – the Netherlands Oils and Fats Industry, recently launched the ‘European Sustainable Palm Oil’ (ESPO) initiative. The Task Force supports this initiative and its objective to work together on sustainable palm oil on a​ ​European level. To read the full 2014 report click here

More information can be found here:

www.taskforceduurzamepalmolie.nl

 

Norway

Driver for action

The National Initiative in Norway was set up in response to mounting pressure from Norwegian civil society to tackle the problems associated with palm oil – both from an environmental and health standpoint.

Prominent NGOs, such as the Rainforest Foundation, were highly influential in raising the debate and pressuring companies to do something about palm oil. The Norwegian food and beverage association was responsible for bringing together food and retail sector companies to make a commitment to sustainable palm oil in 2014.

Commitments

Members of the National Initiative in Norway have committed to either reduce use of palm oil in products or to use only RSPO CSPO by 2015. They have further committed that by 2018 any palm oil products used will be segregated and traceable. The Norwegian commitment applies both to imports of palm oil or finished products consumed in Norway.

Progress

According to the initiative, the goal to use only RSPO certified palm oil by 2015 is “likely to be met”. However, the secondary goal of establishing fully segregated, traceable palm oil by 2018 is not so certain.

The main sectors involved in the drive to increase the use of sustainable palm oil in Norway are the food and retail sectors. The food sectors are largely represented by the big, international manufacturers; whilst the retail sector comprises three of the four major retailers. In terms of personal care products, the major Norwegian supplier is on board with the initiative and the rest of the players in the cosmetics sector are international companies, not based in Norway.

The animal feed sector is not formally involved with the Norwegian network.

More information can be found here:

www.nho.no/palmeolje/forside/

 

Sweden

Driver for action

The key driver for change in the Swedish market has been NGO pressure. Here, as in Norway, NGOs push for both certification and also replacement of palm oil in products and have led industry to take a closer look at the provenance of its ingredients.

The process to form the Swedish initiative on sustainable palm oil started a few years ago and was mainly driven by a limited number of companies with interests in increasing use of sustainable palm oil in Sweden. The Swedish food industry federation embraced the vision of these outriders and the initiative was set up in 2014.

Commitments

  • The main goal of the Swedish initiative on sustainable palm oil is to achieve 100% CSPO in the Swedish food sector by the end of 2015, via any supply chain delivery method, including Book and Claim.
  • There is a separate initiative within the detergent industry which is adopting a similar statement to that of the food industry.
  • While other sectors are not currently part of the initiative, the retailers have adopted their own individual commitments, but not through an association as there are only three or four major retailers in Sweden.

Progress

Each company commits to report how large volume of palm oil they use and the share that is certified according to the principles of RSPO, and also how large volume that is ‘segregated’.

The presence of an active NGO scene is a strong enabling factor, pressuring companies to stick to their commitments. However, while the large companies are moving forward with their commitments, the smaller companies are “lagging behind”, according to the initiative.

More information can be found here:

www.livsmedelsforetagen.se

 

United Kingdom

Driver for action

In October 2012, UK Government and trade associations with a significant membership interest in the supply or use of palm oil made a statement of their various commitments to sourcing sustainable palm oil under the overall heading ‘The United Kingdom is working towards achieving 100% sourcing of credibly certified sustainable palm oil by the end of 2015’. The UK Government has played a leadership role, supporting the commitment to sustainable palm oil, and has had a significant impact on the level of uptake in the UK.

Organisations that have signed up to the UK statement represent oil processors and distributors, food and drink manufacturers, retailers, animal feed manufacturers, contract catering and hospitality sector, renewable energy sector, cleaning products industry, speciality chemicals sector, WWF and ZSL.

Commitments

  • The commitment made by these organisations is to achieve 100% sourcing of sustainable palm oil from credible sources by the end of 2015.
  • Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) feed sector committee confirmed in 2014 that their companies would purchase sustainable palm oil for all new contracts procured from autumn 2014

Progress

On 17th November 2015 DEFRA announced new figures that show UK imports of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) rising to as much as 93% of all palm oil imported. The results of the Report show that imports of segregated and mass balance certified sustainable palm oil and purchases of GreenPalm certificates by UK companies in 2014 were equivalent to an estimated proportion 72% (increasing from 55% in 2013) or 93% (increasing from 71% in 2013) of UK palm oil imports (excluding derivatives and finished goods) depending on the baseline trade data used. The challenge now for the UK is to keep the momentum beyond 2015 and push on to the 100% CSPO target for Europe in 2020.

More information can be found here:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-statement-on-sustainable-palm-oil-three-years-on-progress-report

 

Southeast Asia Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil (SASPO)

Driver for action

SASPO (SOUTHEAST ASIA ALLIANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL) was founded in 2016 by seven founding members; ASEAN CSR Network, Ayam Brand, Danone, IKEA, Unilever, Wildlife Reserves Singapore and WWF-Singapore. The alliance was officially incorporated in 2017 and is the first business initiative in ASEAN focusing on sustainable palm oil. Through capacity building, workshops and educational resources, SASPO lowers the barriers for businesses to adopt sustainable sourcing policies.

In 2017, SASPO experienced a 200% spike in new members. Our members represent a great mix of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), local and regional chains, and multinational corporations (MNCs), accounting for more than 80 brands and 200 food and beverage properties. Bringing to consumers their everlasting favourites while adopting more and more sustainable palm oil into their palm oil supply chain, our member companies are now leading in their respective industries in the realms of sustainable sourcing.

 

Commitments

  • SASPO aims to increase availability and usage of RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil in Southeast Asia through education and awareness activities for businesses and consumers.
  • Members have pledged to source 100% physical RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil.

North American Sustainable Palm Oil Network (NASPON)

Driver for action

Members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) formed the North American Sustainable Palm Oil Network (NASPON) in December 2017 to bring together associations, civil society organizations, consumer goods manufacturers, food-service retailers, retailers, and palm oil traders and producers committed to increasing the use certified sustainable palm oil and certified sustainable palm kernel oil (CSPO) in North America, with the goal of continuing progress toward 100% CSPO both in this market and across the globe.

As an independent network, NASPON members will work collaboratively to find industrywide solutions to secure certified sustainable palm oil in their products and to ensure respect for human and labor rights, local communities and biodiversity throughout the palm oil supply chain.

 

Commitments

NASPON’s mission is to be a platform to collaborate, educate, inform and build momentum to help North American companies to make and deliver on commitments to source sustainable palm oil. Membership is restricted to RSPO members and organizations deemed by the Network to be working towards the 100% CSPO in North America.

Further, by joining NASPON, organizations will work best towards the achievement of the following:

  • To engage with RSPO and/or other relevant standards/initiatives to publicly reinforce our commitment to CSPO in North America; recognize only credible CSPO standards or the equivalent for our company sustainable sourcing policies where feasible; and participate in programs to promote responsible sourcing in producer countries.
  • To actively promote CSPO and engage with stakeholders throughout the supply chain to support the recruitment of important industry and civil society stakeholders, and organizations in our supply chains; and provide a clear market signal by utilizing physical CSPO (Identity Preserved, Segregated, Mass Balance) or Book and Claim supply chains with the goal of being 100% certified.
  • To share insights on technical and market developments on CSPO, including participating in key NASPON meetings, conference calls and promotions; working collaboratively to find solutions issues that imped the uptake of physical CSPO in the North American market; and identifying internal and external opportunities and/or resources to support the acceleration of sustainable practices in our sourcing geographies.

Progress

To be updated at the end of 2018.

More information can be found here:

please email dan.strechay@rspo.org for more information.