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ZSL report finds many palm-oil companies failing to meet 2020 zero-deforestation targets

Eleanor Spencer

London, UK

Assessment summary International conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) is urging the palm oil industry to ramp up its reporting and take greater responsibility for its part in tackling the world’s climate and biodiversity crises, as they today…

Committed to sustainable palm oil? Analysis of 2019 ACOP reporting by RSPO member companies

Eleanor Spencer

London, UK

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) unites thousands of stakeholders from across the palm oil industry to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil. Each year, Ordinary and Affiliate members are required to submit…

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Smallholders: key to building sustainable palm oil supply chains

Annabelle Dodson and Michael Guindon

London, UK

Approximately 40% of the world’s palm oil is produced by smallholder farmers, making them essential parts of global palm oil supply chains. To help make sustainable palm oil the norm, it is crucial that smallholders are incorporated…

Transparency tools in commodity supply chains: how do they compare?

Joyce Lam

London, UK

From consumers concerned about sustainable ingredients and ethical banking, to financiers screening investment portfolios against a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, there is growing interest in responsible commodity production. With transparency a crucial component…

The French National Strategy to Fight Imported Deforestation: a few takeaways from the final document

Clara Melot

London, UK

Overview The French National Strategy to Fight Imported Deforestation (stratégie nationale de lutte contre la déforestation importée: SNDI) seeks to combat imported deforestation by 2030, which it defines as ‘the importation of raw or processed…

Tracking progress towards stronger forest governance

Caroline Sourzac-Lami

London, UK

The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) is a partnership of governments, multinational companies, civil society and indigenous peoples working to halve deforestation by 2020 and to end it by 2030. The NYDF outlines ten ambitious global targets focused on…

RSPO Financial Institutions Q&A

Clara Melot

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

On Thursday 15 November 2018, moments before the RSPO General Assembly which saw the adoption of new and improved RSPO Principles and Criteria, attendees gathered for a panel session and Q&A with members of the RSPO’s Financial Institutions Task Force…

Building biodiversity into business best practice: a roadmap for action

Samir Whitaker

London, UK

On the eve of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) – the most important environmental policy event of the year – the state of the world’s biodiversity is under intense scrutiny, with the UN warning we…

ZSL report finds palm oil companies lacking clear sustainability targets

Michael Guindon and Annabelle Dodson

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Zero-deforestation commitments within the palm oil industry risk being undermined by a lack of monitoring within production landscapes – meaning the deforestation of tropical forests home to Critically Endangered wildlife such as Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) and orangutans (Pongo abelii)…

Rubber – does ‘natural’ mean sustainable?

Eszter Wainwright-Déri

London, UK

Rubber products are present in our daily lives, often without us even noticing. From mattresses to toothbrushes, the shoes we wear on our feet, to the tyres on cars, buses and bikes, lining conveyer belts, asphalt and yoga mats, in balloons, condoms,…

Not seeing the emissions for the trees – why responsible finance must focus on forests

Eleanor Spencer

London, UK

Against a backdrop of increasing fossil fuel divestment and the rapid growth of the renewable energy and green transport sectors, the topic of climate change currently takes centre stage. The financial sector’s growing interest in climate change and emission reduction…

Strengthening sustainability certification

Annabelle Dodson

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) can play a vital role in ensuring that sustainability standards are informed by best practice and continual improvement. NGOs also play a key role in their development and implementation, contributing specialist sector knowledge, bringing perspectives on multi-stakeholder…

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