Palm oil in Liberia just another example of how companies must ‘prove’ social value

Just the other day, I was listening to the BBC Radio 4 podcast “In our time”, hosted by the inimitable Melyvn Bragg. The particular podcast is on Utilitarianism, popularly associated with Jeremy Bentham and later John Stuart Mill and others. Utilitarianism is at once both simple and complicated. The phrase “greatest good of the greatest…

Five questions for Dr Simon Lord, group director of sustainability at New Britain Palm Oil

Dr Simon Lord 1)    New Britain Palm Oil is known as an ethically minded palm oil business. Where did that ethos come from? NBPOL’s journey to become more sustainable started in the late 1990’s. At a seminal strategic meeting with our downstream processors we highlighted the growing European discontent with the way some players…

  • Mar 23, 2015
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Some useful reading on sustainable palm oil

Here’s a few selected interesting pieces below from the site I help run on sustainable palm oil: http://betterpalmoildebate.org I hope readers find them useful, there’s a free regular newsletter on the site you can sign up to too. Not too late to spare Africa from palm oil’s trail of forest destruction The development of Africa’s palm…

Some good reading and watching on palm oil

Here’s a couple of interesting bits of content about palm oil sustainability. They are from the BetterPalmOilDebate.org site which I help run. First up here’s a Q&A with Ellen Behrens of Orkla, on curbing appetite for palm oil Orkla is a group of companies within the food and branded consumer goods industry which uses palm…

Some good articles on palm oil sustainability

Forest cleared for oil palm, Riau, Indonesia, January 2014 The next stage for palm oil reformers Corporations whose profits rely on the sale of products containing palm oil should not be allowed to hide behind supplier codes of conduct. What companies need now is more responsibility coupled with higher transparency, says Hilary Stauffer. How can…

Online debate on managing the social issues in palm oil

There’s a webinar happening, all about social impacts of palm oil production. It starts at 9AM GMT on Friday 21st Feb for an hour or so. This debate looks at the social impacts of palm oil production; the good and the bad, where different industry actors are today, and how they need to proceed in…

  • Feb 20, 2014
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How can Latin America contribute to sustainable palm oil production?

This is an important question. And so we are debating the issues around this conundrum on the site betterpalmoildebate.org, which I help run with Mallen Baker and Nadine Hawa for the RSPO. It’s a showcase of different views from around the word, collected, collated, edited and promoted by us. So how could the Latin American…

  • Jan 22, 2014
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Here’s some essential new reading about sustainable palm oil

Here’s some essential reading about sustainable palm oil, selected from the betterpalmoildebate.org website, which I run with Nadine Hawa and Mallen Baker for the RSPO.  1) Feeding the world without costing the earth  Palm oil itself isn’t the problem. It’s how much is being produced and at what cost, says Emily Dunstan  2) How GreenPalm is underselling…

  • Nov 30, 2013
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An integrated supply chain for palm oil

PNG and Palm Oil, a growth market (sorry) New Britain Palm Oil are an unusual company. Not least because they have created an integrated, traceable supply chain for palm oil. This is something all the retailers and FMCG companies say is the future, at least on the traceability side. They are also working in a…

New palm oil sustainability debate site launched

I’ve been working with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil for a while on the notion of open debate about responsible and sustainable palm oil. I think a forum is needed where all the views are aired and we can get into some granular, practical detail. Today, I’m very happy to tell you we’ve set…

Brands must be careful with sustainable palm oil claims

If you don’t read the PDF article below, or click on any of the links, perhaps take one thing away from this piece: Brands must be very careful in talking about RSPO certified palm oil as sustainable. It is not sustainable. I have met several executives recently who have proudly told me they are RSPO…

  • Jun 12, 2012
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New podcast: Interview with RSPO boss on palm oil

Following on from my recent posts on palm oil, I interviewed the head of the RSPO, Darrel Webber, yesterday here in London. Here’s the link to the podcast, it’s about 20 minutes long, but then it’s a complex area. His view on the future of Green Palm certificates is interesting. According to Webber, “there will…

Palm oil, traders, the RSPO and Brazil

Following up from my earlier post about palm oil certificate trading, quite a few readers expressed an interest in the comments I received. On a contentious issue such as this, as usual the comments were all made privately, via email, phone or conversation. In the earlier post, I asked: “Is certificate trading at odds with…

Greenpeace invades Nestle AGM over Palm Oil

This is what failed stakeholder engagement can do for your shareholder meetings. Whilst corporate responsibility is increasingly about opportunity. Risk management cannot be forgotten, as Nestle is finding out. If the company moved faster to address Greenpeace’s concerns, they could spend less time fending them off and more time on making money from sustainable opportunities….