Deforestation in Asia: Challenges & solutions for the palm oil industry
Palm oil is the world’s most versatile vegetable oil. It is in nearly everything, from packaged food products to deodorant and lipstick. Grown only in the tropics, it contributes to economic development in many regions, especially Southeast Asia. If produced sustainably, this crop can benefit both people and nature.
However, unsustainable production has led to widespread destruction of rainforests and biodiversity. Habitats of endangered species like the orangutan and Sumatran rhino continue to be threatened, along with the rights of local communities and indigenous people.
To shed light on this important topic, WWF held a four-part webinar series, “Deforestation in Asia: Challenges & solutions for the palm oil industry” from 25 May – 3 June 2021. The webinar series concluded last week, with more than 800 attendees spanning various sectors of the palm oil supply chain. By providing an overview of the palm oil landscape in Singapore, referencing successful case studies, and delving into discussions targeted at buyers and financial institutions, the series provided a well-rounded approach for increasing CSPO uptake.
The recordings and materials have been consolidated for your viewing pleasure:
Recognition of SASPO’s Commitments to Sustainable Palm Oil, Feb 2018
By the end of 2017, SASPO had welcomed 10 new companies, bringing the total member count to 15. The event’s objectives were to celebrate and demonstrate the successes of its new and founding members. Over 50 people were in attendance, including the event’s guest-of-honour, Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for Environment and Water Resources, SASPO members, representatives of trade associations and members of the press. The event received extensive coverage in over 40 local and international media channels.
Sustainable Palm Oil Leaders’ Summit, Nov 2016
This event marked the initiation of SASPO’s activities since its launch on 27 June 2016. The event’s objectives were firstly, to inspire companies to join the Alliance by demonstrating the achievements of its members; and secondly, facilitate dialogue and networking opportunities between various players in the palm oil industry. The summit was attended by over 100 participants from 40 organisations and endorsed by the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources.