From Polar Puffs & Cakes to Khong Guan Biscuits to Gardenia Bakeries, a majority of household Singaporean and Malaysian food brands are keeping their customers in the dark about whether or not they use sustainable palm oil, a WWF report has found.
Golden Agri-Resources has come a long way since allegations of deforestation ravaged the Singapore-listed firm's image. Now it figures in the world’s most scrupulous sustainability index—good news for the company and a vilified sector.
Mengpin Ge and Hanny ChrysoliteReidinar JulianeJosefhine Chitra –
Indonesia can meet its emissions targets if it strengthens existing policies, particularly on stopping the clearing and conversion of primary forest and peatlands, say WRI researchers.
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Being more sustainable is good for a company's bottom line and reputation. So why are companies, as seen in WWF's recent Palm Oil Scorecard for Singapore and Malaysia, dragging their feet on sustainability? SIIA researchers discuss.
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.
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.