Orangutan populations have been decreasing rapidly, largely due to deforestation caused by the practices of the palm oil industry. The Palm Oil & NGO (PONGO) Alliance aims to save 10,000 of the great apes in Borneo.
The move may make Norway the world’s first country to ban government purchasing of palm oil biofuel. The resolution further stipulates that the regulatory amendment shall enter into force as soon as possible.
Robin Hicks –
A pool party in Singapore - bizarrely themed around palm oil - was interrupted by environmental messages from green groups last night. But revelers did not seem remotely interested to learn about the causes of the haze pollution that chokes Singapore at this time of year.
Rikke Netterstrom –
It may be difficult to feel optimistic about the year ahead given how disturbing 2016 was, but Rikke Netterstrom, executive director for CSR Asia in Malaysia, outlines a few reasons why 2017 will be better.
Consumers and communities demand change, and most of the big players in the palm oil industry have promised to act — yet palm oil from rainforest destruction is still filling the products on our supermarket shelves, says Greenpeace Indonesia's Kiki Taufik.
To achieve a truly sustainable palm oil supply chain, a long-term, dogged effort and engagement with suppliers works more than just taking punitive action, says Global Agri-Resources head of sustainability communications Lim Shu Ling.