The Food and Grocery Council is pleased to announce our membership of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), says Chief Executive, Katherine Rich.
“FGC is proud to be the first grocery sector industry association in the world to join the RSPO. This demonstrates the commitment of local FGC members to do their part in supporting sustainable palm oil production.”
The RSPO is a global non-profit association formed in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders.
“The RSPO plays a critical role in uniting the numerous parties involved in the supply chain. Members include well known brands such as the World Wildlife Fund, Oxfam, The Body Shop, Marks and Spencer, and Tesco. All of which have expressed their commitment to sustainability.”
Mrs Rich says that it is widely accepted that when grown on appropriate farming land, palm oil is the most environmentally sustainable, cost effective and versatile vegetable oil available in the world today. Palm oil is a vegetable oil present in a wide range of grocery products available today in New Zealand.
“We support the RSPO because they take the approach of working with communities who are currently supported by palm oil plantations to find sustainable options. The solution isn’t to simply turn off the tap on palm oil communities. This would have disastrous and ultimately unsustainable impacts.”
Some facts on palm oil production:
Source: The impacts and opportunities of oil palm in Southeast Asia (2009)