#palm oil News

kuching deforestation
Multinational producers and users of palm oil, beef, soy, paper, timber or leather are failing to live up to commitments to end tropical deforestation. Palm oil is the best performing commodity for tackling forest risk, beef the worst.
Deforestation of peatland
President Joko Widodo’s administration announced last week that it was cancelling millions of hectares worth of logging, plantation and mining concessions.
oil burning during controlled fire
Nearly half of the world’s fossil fuel reserves are vulnerable to extreme weather brought on by climate change, according to an assessment published last month by risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.
Gunung Leuser National Park
Conservationists attribute the improvement of the situation to an increase in monitoring efforts, as well as greater scrutiny of palm oil producers operating in the landscape by brands and buyers with zero-deforestation commitments.
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#palm oil Opinion

aerial view of palm oil plantations
Nature and climate are facing crises, and business has a key role to play. The Science Based Targets Network enables companies and cities to play a vital role in creating an equitable, nature positive, net-zero future using science-based targets.
Palm oil worker, Malaysia
Investors are wary of palm oil due to its social and environmental ills. But given the lack of viable alternatives and the possibility of sustainable production, investors may wish to view certified palm oil in a different light.
workers loading oil palm fruits
Import bans bring social issues to the fore forcing agribusiness to assess their obligations to their workforces. Are such regulatory bans the best way to address the social issues prevalent in the industry?
Coltan mine, Congo
When forced labour practices are part of supply chains, it is reasonable to ascertain that environmental degradation may be present too.
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#palm oil Videos

Simon Lord and Pamela Mar on Sustainability One on One
In the first in a new video series where sustainability leaders interview each other about the toughest things about their jobs, Simon Lord of Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby Plantation went head to head with Pamela Mar of Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Fung Group.
cargill fishermen
Sponsored Smallholder fish farmers in rural Kalimantan are turning towards sustainability, with some assistance from an agribusiness company.
Jali, founder of transport cooperative Parung Jaya Cooperative, speaks to one of his drivers
Sponsored What does it mean to build a clean and fair palm oil supply chain? For drivers in Indonesia used to unsafe working conditions, this is what it could look like.
Daughter Riri Damayanti (left) and her father Syamsul Bahri (right) are colleagues at a palm oil company in South Sumatra.
Sponsored What has been the effect of this agribusiness company's dual-income policy on the households of its Indonesian workers?
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#palm oil Podcasts

Palm oil farmers working with Natural Habitats
Some environmentalists would argue that there's no such thing as sustainably grown palm oil, because of the crops links to deforestation and human rights abuses. Eco-Business spoke to Monique van Wijnbergen about how palm can be done right.
Child labour on palm oil plantation
Sponsored Should the priority be to stop all child labour on palm oil plantations? Or to address the root causes of child labour?
Smallholders in palm oil industry
Sponsored Smallholders have taken much of the blame for this year's haze-causing forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan. How can they be motivated to switch to more sustainable, fire-free production methods?
oil palm plantation workers take a rest from work
Sponsored As global attention focuses on forests and the plight of orangutans, the untold part of the palm oil story is people. What is the industry doing to protect palm oil workers' rights and those of the people who defend their land as the industry expands?
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