The RSPO held their 9th Annual Roundtable Meeting (RT9) on the 22nd to the 24th November last year. They achieved a record attendance of over 1000 people from over 30 countries across the globe. Many interesting debates were had, on heated issues and subjects. With some topics seeing contrasting point of views with others having everyone agree unanimously. One thing that was sure is that the event helped raise awareness for sustainable palm oil production.
Yang Berhormat Tan Sri Bernard Giluk Dompock, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia, said in his poening speech that “Malaysia will continue to undertake measures towards making the palm oil industry environmentally friendly”. This is great news for palm oil production, as Malaysia is one of the world’s largest suppliers of palm oil.
The RSPO aims to continue to raise awareness of sustainable palm oil. If consumers become more aware and supporting of it then parties will be forced to source their palm oil in a sustainable manner. In June 2011 the RSPO launched a trademark scheme which displays a label on product packaging, for consumers to easily see which products contain sustainably sourced palm oil. The RSPO believe this will be incredibly successful in increasing demand for sustainable palm oil.
In 2008 the RSPO certification of palm oil production began. Since this, over 5 million tonnes of production capacity have been certified. These numbers are an amazing achievement, however there’s still much work to be done. The RT9 managed to be a great platform for industry leading figures and various other palm oil related parties, to discuss a range of important topics.
You can download all of the RT9 presentations here – http://rt9.rspo.org/c/presentations/
For more information about palm oil be sure to visit Greenpalm.org