The 2018 China Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain Forum & the Second RSPO China Forum was held on July 11 in Nanjing, China. The China Sustainable Palm Oil Alliance was jointly launched by the China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce (CFNA), Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to create a platform for win-win cooperation among stakeholders in the palm oil supply chain and promote sustainable palm oil in China.
Key companies along the palm oil supply chain, including Mars Wrigley Confectionery, L’Oréal China, AarhusKarlshamn, Cargill China, China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation, China Grain Reserves Corporation, HSBC, Yihai Karry, SGS China and more gathered at the Forum to make a joint commitment about taking step-by-step actions to promote the adoption of sustainable palm oil in the Chinese market.
RSPO CEO Datuk Darrel Webber said, “As more stakeholders join our efforts, we aim to build a platform that can bring more Chinese companies together to make sustainable palm oil the norm in the China market. With the launch of the Alliance, we hope that RSPO can create greater opportunities for Chinese stakeholders to participate in global dialogues.”
Mr. Zhou Fei, Head of TRAFFIC China and the WWF’s wildlife trade programme, said, “The unsustainable cultivation of palm oil will bring a series of environmental and deforestation problems to the producing countries. By launching the Alliance today, we are calling for all stakeholders in the palm oil value chain to join our new platform and make pro-active commitments and take action to accelerate the pace of transforming markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm.”
China is the second-largest importer and third-largest consumer of palm oil. The RSPO is seeing very positive momentum towards its vision for China to achieve 10% CSPO uptake by 2020, with its Chinese membership having surged in the past few years.
The launch of the Alliance by the CFNA, RSPO and WWF will not only heighten awareness among key stakeholders about the RSPO and the value of driving sustainability in the palm oil industry, but also encourage more Chinese companies to participate in transforming global markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm.
The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit that unites stakeholders from the various sectors of the palm oil industry to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil. For more information please visit RSPO’s global website www.rspo.org or the RSPO’s Chinese website www.china.rspo.org.
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