Cargill fully supports the RSPO and its efforts to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil throughout the supply chain. We have been an active member since 2004 and we have made significant progress on implementing the RSPO Principles and Criteria in our businesses.
The RSPO was formally established in 2004 to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil, as well as to develop and agree to a set of Principles & Criteria for sustainable palm production. Today it is an international, multi-stakeholder forum of more than 800 members and affiliates representing all those along the palm oil supply chain including producers, processors and traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental and social non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
In November 2007 the RSPO ratified its Principles & Criteria for sustainable palm oil production and following the approval of national interpretations by each country, plantations began undergoing the official certification process permitting them to sell certified sustainable palm. RSPO certified products are now available and the demand and uptake is growing.
Demonstrating our support for RSPO
We are partnering with FFI and Wild Asia to help smallholders adopt sustainable production practices. Click to enlarge and view the Cargill and FFI/Wild Asia partnership case study.
Achieving RSPO certification for our own plantations is part of our overall commitment to sustainable and responsible palm oil production.
Cargill wants to play a leading role in working towards sustainable palm oil supply and use through the RSPO, and through our own actions. As such we have established a corporate sustainability commitment for our palm products. We have committed that the palm oil products supplied to our customers (excluding palm kernel oil products) in Europe, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be RSPO certified and/or originated from smallholder growers by 2015. This commitment will be extended across all our oil and trading businesses to cover 100 percent of our palm oil products and all customers worldwide – including China and India – by 2020.
We were one of 15 plantation owners that volunteered to pilot the Principles & Criteria prior to their finalization. Our palm plantation – PT Hindoli in Sumatra, Indonesia – was one of the first palm plantations in the country to achieve RSPO certification. In August 2010 smallholders at this plantation became the first to be certified under the RSPO’s Smallholder Principles & Criteria.
We are working to certify our other palm plantation – Harapan Sawit Lestari – as quickly as possible. Our European, Malaysian and United States refineries have also received approval to offer RSPO products to customers.
We are encouraging our third party suppliers to join RSPO and attain certification. It is our hope that all oil palm plantations become RSPO certified. We are working with the RSPO and Control Union Certification, an RSPO approved certification body, to provide training to our crude palm oil suppliers to raise awareness of RSPO, as well as working with Fauna and Flora International to help smallholders in Malaysia and Indonesia understand and implement the RSPO criteria.
In July 2012 we announced our collaboration with one of Indonesia’s leading agriculture institutes, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), to build Indonesia’s first oil palm teaching farm. The “IPB-Cargill Kebun Pendidikan Kelapa Sawit” (IPB-Cargill Oil Palm Teaching Farm) will provide high quality training to students on the latest plantation production and management techniques. It will also serve as the reference for the application of the RSPO and the ISPO (Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil) standards.
We continue to be actively involved in the RSPO through our participation in its working groups on Trade and Traceability and on Communications and Claims.