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POIG Grower members are labelled Green Tigers by the Forest Heroes Campaign

Founding members of POIG, Agropalma, DAABON and New Britain Palm Oil have been named among the World’s most responsible palm oil producers in a new report by the Forest Heroes campaign.

The campaign, labels the leaders in the industry as ‘Green Tigers’ described as companies who are ‘adapting to the revolutionized global market by evolving to ensure that their growth does not come at the expense of forests.’ and ‘are working aggressively to protect forests and reduce their overall environmental footprint are enjoying dramatically improved market access – with strong prospects for continued international growth.’

To read more about the Forest Heroes campaign and the Green tiger ranking click here.

POIG releases benchmarks for responsible palm oil production

The Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) today released a set of indicators that allow for the independent verification of performance against the POIG Charter, which was  released in November 2013. The POIG Charter builds on the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) certification standard with additional requirements that ensure all palm oil operations by POIG grower members are free from deforestation, the destruction of peatlands,
and human and labor rights abuses.

Download the full press release

The indicators are available here

Responsible palm oil initiative issues invitation for new members

The Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) today invited progressive palm oil players to join an initiative with the goal of increasing the global demand and supply of responsible palm oil.

This initiative aims to bridge the gap between responsible palm oil producers and the growing list of palm oil consumer companies such as Nestle, Ferrero, Unilever, L’Oreal, Safeway, Delhaize, Kellogg and Mars which have made ‘No Deforestation’ commitments and are demanding responsibly produced palm oil.

The founders of the Palm Oil Innovation Group (Agropalma, DAABON, New Britain Palm Oil, WWF, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Forest Peoples Programme and Greenpeace) today announced that the initiative is accepting new members and supporters who are committed to promoting and supporting innovation and improvements in the sector.

Palm oil producers and social and environmental NGOs are eligible to become members. Producers must first commit to the meet the requirements of the POIG Charter and have 50% of their plantation estate already verified against the RSPO Principles and Criteria. The POIG Charter builds on the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) certification scheme with additional requirements that ensure all palm oil operations are free from the destruction of high carbon stock forests and peatlands and human and labor rights abuses.

In order to build the support for this sector-wide transformation, any stakeholder involved in the palm oil sector who supports the Charter and shares its vision are now invited to become official supporters.

The Group released the following joint statement:

“The Palm Oil Innovation Group is inviting progressive palm oil producers, processors, traders, manufacturers, consumers and financiers to join this initiative and tip the balance towards responsible palm oil.

“We will prove that palm oil production does not need to be linked to forest destruction, social conflict or worsen climate change.

“All that is needed now is for other stakeholders to actively support innovation and improvements in the palm oil sector and demonstrate that business as usual is not longer tenable.”

The application forms and Terms of Engagement for new members and supporters can be accessed here