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WWF global palm oil lead Michael Guindon moves on

Guindon joined the conservation group from Zoological Society of London last year.

World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) Singapore-based global palm oil lead, Michael Guindon is moving on after 17 months in the role. 

Guindon joined WWF from the Zoological Society of London in January 2020 as senior palm oil engagement manager before being appointed the global lead in April last year. 

During his time with WWF, Guindon helped to devise the conservation group’s global palm oil strategy, strengthened the group’s engagement with buyers and traders, and was part of the formation of the Accountability Framework Southeast Asia Coalition, designed to guide ethical supply chains. Guindon has also been working on the latest Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard, which is slated for release next month.

Guindon told Eco-Business that it has been “an honour” to lead WWF’s global palm oil programme and work with stakeholders to improve the sustainability of the palm oil sector.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has been challenging for all of us and has caused me to reflect on my personal and professional priorities. As a result I’ve made the difficult decision to leave WWF to pursue other opportunities that will allow me to split my time between Southeast Asia and the Americas to be closer to family,” he said.

He will leave WWF in September. The conservation group is currently searching for a replacement.

Over his career, Guindon has also worked for Global Canopy as a project manager, and as a copywriter for Peter Lang International Academic Publishers. He also previously worked for WWF in the Netherlands as a supply chain consultant.

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