3rd February 2016
The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will crack down on member companies claiming to have removed palm oil for environmental reasons.
The resolution to amend the policy was submitted by numerous stakeholders including food companies Unilever, Mondelez, AAK, IOI Loders Croklaan and retailers Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose, and was adopted last year at a general assembly meeting. It will come into force in September 2016.
“The proponents of this resolution recognize that there are examples of RSPO members who communicate negatively on Palm Oil, in a direct or indirect way, while failing to mention the existence and role of the RSPO to transform the palm oil industry, or who are mentioning the RSPO and their membership of the RSPO separately from their other claims on palm oil.”
The resolution reads: “Members must not make claims which imply that the removal of palm oil from a product is a preferable social or environmental sustainability outcome to the use of RSPO certified sustainable palm oil. Moreover, members shall seek to promote, and not to denigrate the aims and goals of RSPO, namely the production and use of RSPO certified sustainable palm oil.”
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