Some companies will argue that they source their palm oil from companies which are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil or only use palm oil produced sustainably.
While Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) member companies publicly claim that they are committed to sustainable palm oil, many are not meeting their RSPO commitments. Despite RSPO certification, all of the same destructive practices are occurring and the RSPO is failing to enforce its own minimal principles & criteria. All a company has to do in order to become a member of the RSPO is make a commitment to eventually be 100% certified by 2015.
Currently there are only 4 to 5 Palm Oil companies (out of I think about 90 RSPO companies) who’s palm oil can be traced back to a sustainable plantation with 100% certainty….there lies the problem of just saying you source your palm oil from a RSPO member.
Some of the biggest Palm Oil companies in the world are RSPO members, Cargill, Sinar Mas, Wilmar, Unilever but from reports in the field they are not adhering to their promised commitments and continually doing the wrong thing (pulling down virgin rain forest).
Producing anything sustainably is the best way forward and the way of the future but until all member companies of the RSPO start producing Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) 100% traceable as they have committed to do, it is difficult to have trust in any of the RSPO companies.
Most manufacturers of products are happy to just hear that their producer is a member of the RSPO. Most do not research or enquire further than asking. If they were to try to prove that the particular palm oil or palm oil derivative they buy are actually CSPO (Certified Sustainable Palm Oil) I think most would find out that they are not.
RSPO producers account for only about only 14% of the palm oil market and of those 90 odd members only 4 to 5 can be proven at this time to be 100 certifiable. We feel those odds are not good enough at this point in time.
The RSPO member companies need to be producing palm oil which is thoroughly traceable and sustainable. Consumer Pressure is powerful. Use your voice and your buying $ to have your say.
For further information please read the following article http://understory.ran.org/2011/03/21/the-great-rspo-membership-myth-why-buying-from-rspo-members-doesnt-mean-jack-shit/
The SUSTAINABILITY LIE