RSPO European Roundtable 2017 approaching

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RSPO European Roundtable 2017 approaching
The 2017 European edition of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil is due to take place in London, June 12 -13, looking to focus on how the body can make change possible and deliver on three core commitments.

The RSPO is an organization that gathers figures, companies and organisations across the supply chains of consumer goods industries using palm oil to promote the use of certified sustainable palm oil. The European Roundtable​ offers the chance to discuss, network and develop solutions and new initiatives in the area of sustainable palm oil.

What’s on the agenda?

This year is the 5th annual roundtable, and it will look to:

  • Address the issue of deforestation

  • Consider how it can deliver on its commitments to small holders

  • Consider how it can deliver on its commitments to labour and human rights.

Palm oil is a hot topic for consumers, media and increasingly for governments. More and more people are demanding that the palm oil in their products be produced sustainably and scrutinise companies involved in the use of palm oil,​” the RSPO states.

By addressing the problems which still exist where palm oil is grown, we strive to improve the credibility and trust in our commitments, criteria and certification.

“It is the role of RSPO to gather stakeholders and facilitate a dialogue to generate this positive dynamic between impact and credibility that makes change possible.”

How does it happen?

The European roundtable will be shaped by the EU’s target of 100% certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) uptake by 2020, looking at solutions and structures to achieve this aim.

To drive real change we need to ensure that sustainable practices and certification are workable and profitable for players at every level of the supply chain,”​ organisers explain.

They note that Europe is a key region where these discussions need to take place, and solutions agreed upon.

As the conference takes place in Europe, the third-largest importer of palm oil globally and home to some of the world’s biggest brands and companies, the question is what can Europeans – industries, governments, NGOs and consumers – do in partnership to make sure that change happens in these three areas and beyond.​”

Leaders in their fields from across the supply chain and related organisations will present on the most up to date information on the issues, give the latest insight into tools and initiatives in the field, discuss topics like traceability, accountability, human and labour rights and support of smallholders.

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