Latest news and events

Read our blog for recent news and events on transparency and sustainability for global commodity production.

Transparency assessments show uneven implementation of ESG commitments by palm oil companies

Moritz Koenig | 18/07/2017 | London, UK

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) recently published a blog post on the CFA Institute’s Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX), highlighting for the first time the discrepancies between companies’ commitments and their implementation…

New palm oil company assessments

Joyce Lam | 29/06/2017 | London, UK

As another hazy dry season looks set to loom across Southeast Asia, the latest SPOTT assessments find palm oil producers and traders varying in their commitments to combating fires and ensuring sustainability…

Timber, pulp and paper companies selected

Chris Eves | 27/06/2017 | London, UK

ZSL’s SPOTT is expanding to assess the transparency of major forest product producers operating in priority tropical areas, scoring companies on their commitments to environmental, social and governance (ESG) best practice…

Connecting Tiger Territory in Sumatra

Alexis Hatto | 14/06/2017 | London, UK

ZSL runs conservation programmes in over 50 countries, including Indonesia, where we work to protect the Sumatran tiger through actions such as anti-poaching programmes, and engagement with local communities and industry…

RSPO European Roundtable in London

Izabela Delabre | 13/06/2017 | London, UK

As ZSL’s palm oil technical advisor, I attended this year’s Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) European Roundtable in London, on 12-13 June 2017, to take part in a panel discussion on innovation and partnerships…

SPOTT shortlisted for new Responsible Investor Award

Clara Melot | 01/06/2017 | London, UK

Prompted by a growing number of reports stressing the negative impacts of palm oil production, financial experts first called upon ZSL back in 2013, given our collaborative conservation work with the industry…


Hidden Land, Hidden Risks

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has produced a new analysis on the land holdings disclosed by 50 of the world’s largest palm oil producers and traders assessed on SPOTT.

This SPOTT report – Hidden Land, Hidden Risks? The need for improved corporate reporting of land holdings associated with palm oil production – shows that companies are failing to publicly disclose figures on their total landbank and details of the different areas under their management, potentially masking environmental and social risks, such as deforestation.


SPOTT annual reports

ZSL has published two SPOTT annual reports since launching the former Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit in November 2014. These reports demonstrate the impacts of SPOTT on the palm oil industry, tracking notable increases in corporate transparency scores.