Latest news and events

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

Sustainable palm oil and responsible investment: New report from ZSL and Aviva Investors

Clara Melot | 16/01/2018 | London, UK

ZSL and Aviva Investors call on responsible financiers to drive palm oil producers and traders in a more sustainable direction.

Updated ESG transparency assessments of palm oil producers and traders

Izabela Delabre | 23/11/2017 | Bali, Indonesia

ZSL has released its latest environmental, social and governance (ESG) transparency assessments of palm oil companies.

From disclosure to engagement: A guide to the SPOTT indicators for assessing palm oil producers and traders

Clara Melot | 20/11/2017 | London, UK

ZSL has collaborated with palm oil companies, investors, banks and other organisations to publish a guide to SPOTT’s indicator framework.

Assessing transparency in the forestry sector

Chris Eves | 09/11/2017 | London, UK

ZSL has today announced the expansion of its pioneering sustainable commodities monitoring platform to cover the timber, pulp and paper industry, following the success of encouraging greater transparency in the palm oil sector.

FSC General Assembly 2017 – Tropical Forests event

Chris Eves | 04/10/2017 | Vancouver, Canada

Taking place once every three years, this year the 8th Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) General Assembly 2017 will take place in Vancouver, Canada, from 8-13 October. 

Making the best of engagement – preliminary findings of study unveiled at PRI in Person 2017

Clara Melot | 03/10/2017 | Berlin, Germany

The Principles for Responsible Investment annual conference, PRI in Person is a unique opportunity to share knowledge on the integration of ESG factors into investment decisions.

IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress

Chris Eves | 22/09/2017 | Freiberg, Germany

As Forestry Officer for the Zoological Society of London I attended the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) 125th Anniversary Congress, from 18-22 September in Freiberg, Germany.

HCV management and monitoring in RSPO-certified plantations

Izabela Delabre | 19/09/2017 | London, UK

A recent study commissioned by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Biodiversity and High Conservation Value (HCV) Working Group investigated the challenges to effective HCV management and monitoring in oil palm plantations.

Palm Lines: Supporting Indian palm oil buyers

Izabela Delabre | 13/09/2017 | London, UK

Palm Lines, a new report by WWF-India, highlights the key role that India can play in driving improved sustainability practices in the sector, including through the use of SPOTT for supplier screening.

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.


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