Mad dash

Mad dash

On the way to the #Docsfair #Film #Festival, tomorrow in Amsterdam (docsfairfilmfestival.nl), and then straight to Ketapang (Kalimantan, Indonesia) for an audit. Quite a trip but good friends deserve support.

IF | Deforestation: five years of corporate progress?

According to Global Forest Watch, 18m hectares of tree cover were lost in the tropics alone in 2018, including 3.1m hectares of primary forest. The Consumer Goods Forum says that at least 40% of this forest loss is the direct result of expanding production of agriculture to produce commodities such as soy, cattle, palm oil, rubber and cocoa.

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Eco-Business |  Palm oil: the pros and cons of a controversial commodity

Eco-Business | Palm oil: the pros and cons of a controversial commodity

To say that palm oil is divisive is an understatement. To its advocates, it is a cornerstone of economic development, making efficient use of land and supporting millions of smallholders through profitable international trade. To its detractors, it is a cause of deforestation and social conflict, a direct threat to endangered species and a contributor to climate change.

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Changing Times | Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil is ‘greenwashing’ labelled products, environmental protection agency says

Changing Times | Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil is ‘greenwashing’ labelled products, environmental protection agency says

Trustee of the Indonesian Auditor Network Bart W. van Assen said that the authors of the new report are failing to grasp the fundamentally different roles of the RSPO, the High Conservation Value Resource Network (HCVRN)¹, Assurance Services International (ASI), and the numerous conformity assessment bodies.

“Hence, they also fail to identify many of the practical actions taken by these organisations,” Van Assen said.

Van Assen is scathing about the new report, calling it “a shallow attempt to act as judge, jury, and executioner based on incomplete records and inadequate due diligence”.

He said the report “merely polarises public debate about sustainable palm oil, alienates the actors of change within the RSPO, the HCVRN and ASI, and drives a wedge between complainant and complainee”.

This is unfortunate, Van Assen says. “Valid criticism has been, and no doubt will be, addressed by the organisations involved,” he added.

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