The Sustainability of Palm Oil

In today’s world, the connection between sustainability and long-term business value has become increasingly clear as we examine evolving consumer behaviors and expectations. Beyond asking companies what they stand for, conscious consumers are now prepared to make purchasing decisions according to a brand’s values, refusing to purchase products that are against their beliefs. While many companies understand this and have begun to prioritize sustainability, some are still reluctant to fully embrace sustainable purchasing, especially when it comes to complicated products with global supply chains such as palm oil. Although it is found in over half of consumer-packaged goods, palm oil continues to face intense scrutiny from consumers due to environmental and social concerns associated with the crop when grown unsustainably.

Certification schemes and stakeholder initiatives, such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), help companies to more effectively manage risks, navigate the changing regulatory landscape (e.g., human rights), collaborate with stakeholders, realize supply chain efficiencies and future-proof their organizations, ultimately helping to meet the demands of an increasingly educated consumer base and see increased financial returns.
This education session hosted by Dan Strechay of the RSPO, will give attendees a practical guide on:
• Why to pursue certification for your palm oil products
• How to get started
• Long-term benefits of certification such as providing gains for people, the planet and the bottom line.

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