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Why China is key in the battle against palm oil deforestation

Morgan Gillespy, (Jul 21, 2020)

As the world’s second biggest buyers of palm oil, Chinese companies are coming under growing pressure from consumers, brands and investors to source this risky commodity more sustainably, says CDP’s Morgan Gillespy

Deadline 2020: Big brands double down on efforts to source deforestation-free palm oil

Terry Slavin, (Feb 11, 2020)

Consumer boycotts and the failure to meet 2020 #NDPE commitments have lit a fire under efforts to clean up complex palm oil supply chains in the past year. Terry Slavin talks to brands, NGOs and palm oil producers to assess the impact on critically important tropical forests and the people who live there

Fighting fire with incomes as focus shifts to helping small farmers grow sustainable palm

Terry Slavin, (Feb 9, 2020)

Unilever is leading efforts to invest in projects to make entire districts deforestation-free in partnership with NGOs like IDH, while Rainforest Alliance is starting to apply its seal to products with palm oil, write Terry Slavin and Mark Hillsdon

'Indonesia is testament to what can happen when we work together on deforestation'

Justin Adams, (Sep 19, 2019)

Tropical Forest Alliance’s Justin Adams says independent action by companies, states and NGOs has not been enough to stop global forest loss. The next decade must be about collective action

“Contrary to what Greenpeace says, Consumer Goods Forum is actively combating deforestation”

Ignacio Gavilan, (Jun 15, 2019)

Ignacio Gavilan of CGF responds to an Ethical Corporation column by the activist NGO, saying big brands are accelerating their efforts to shift to sustainable sourcing of soy, palm oil, beef and pulp and paper

‘Brands can help end tropical deforestation, but only by working together'

Justin Adams, (Mar 20, 2019)

Justin Adams of Tropical Forest Alliance calls for companies to look beyond zero-deforestation commitments in individual supply chains and work with other partners to transform landscapes and boost farmer livelihoods

‘Boycotting palm oil won’t end deforestation. But stricter new standards offer hope’

Dan Strechay, (Mar 12, 2019)

Ahead of next week’s Responsible Business Summit in New York, Dan Strechay of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil explains why his organisation’s new principles and criteria will help consumer goods giants deliver on their zero-deforestation commitments

Deadline 2020: ‘We won’t end deforestation through certification schemes,' brands admit

Terry Slavin, (Nov 1, 2018)

With hundreds of companies having failed to act on commitments to be deforestation-free by 2020, Mars Inc is leading Consumer Goods Forum’s work on developing credible new paths to clean up their supply chains

Why deforestation-free cocoa and palm oil are so elusive

Eduardo Tugendhat, (Oct 30, 2018)

Eduardo Tugendhat, director of thought leadership at Palladium, says sustainable supply chains can only be achieved if farm and rural worker households have a clear pathway out of poverty

Are sustainability certification schemes fit for purpose?

Angeli Mehta, (Jul 15, 2018)

Two recent reports point to major failings in schemes such as the Marine Stewardship Council and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Angeli Mehta dives deep to assess the claims and counter-claims in seafood certification

Zeroing in on community livelihoods in the palm oil industry

Eric Marx, (Apr 26, 2018)

Unilever, Marks and Spencer and Sime Darby are at the forefront of working with governments and communities to meet their zero deforestation commitments, writes Eric Marx

CSR Cheat Sheet: UK retailer Iceland ditches palm oil over deforestation fears

Oliver Balch, (Apr 16, 2018)

UK retailer to remove palm oil from own-brand products; animal welfare index snubs Sainsbury; shipping industry agrees decarbonisation strategy

The Rainforest Alliance's little frog takes a great leap forward in merger with UTZ

Terry Slavin, (Sep 27, 2017)

Nigel Sizer of Rainforest Alliance tells Ethical Corporation editor Terry Slavin how the upcoming union with the Dutch certifier will boost the new organisation’s ability to protect biodiversity and farmers’ livelihoods

Weekly Watch: 5 May 2017

EC Newsdesk, (May 4, 2017)

IOI tackles deforestation, De Beers to store CO2, Kensington recycles Nespresso pods, global standard for sustainable procurement, Apple aims circular, new #Squaremilechallenge target, Heathrow climate projections dismissed

EthicsWatch: Palm oil – FMCG firms continue boycott of IOI palm oil

April Streeter, (Sep 21, 2016)

Companies say more robust sanctions are needed to break the link with deforestation

Big data: Blowing the cover on deforestation

April Streeter, (Jul 26, 2016)

New tools allowing access to real-time images and data are providing hope in the fight against forest destruction

NGOWatch – June 2016

Nadine Hawa, (Jun 22, 2016)

Swiss NGO first to resign from RSPO

FMCG Briefing: Wake-up call for palm oil

April Streeter, (Jun 22, 2016)

The RSPO’s suspension of IOI in April has forced even laggard companies to take a closer look at the ‘carbon bombs’ in their supply chains

EthicsWatch: Asia - Indigenous mission to EU tells of palm oil horrors

Terry Slavin, (Jun 22, 2016)

Activists from Indonesia, Liberia, Colombia and Peru have given first-hand testimony that RSPO is failing to stop human rights abuses

IOI Group vs RSPO: History repeating itself?

Liam Dowd, (May 12, 2016)

IOI Group’s decision to sue the RSPO throws up many questions and points that we've encountered before

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