Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a non-profit organization that aims to implement a global standard for sustainable palm oil. The idea is in sustainable, traceable farming as opposed to highly unregulated deforestation namely in Malaysia and Indonesia. The issue lies in the fact that palm oil is an essential ingredient to many of the household items we use today. Take a look:

Consumer culture is completely dominated by the dependency on Oil Palms.

The RSPO, and its members such as Unilever and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), coins itself as a pioneer in curbing deforestation and habitat destruction. This is because Unilever, one of the world’s leading consumers of palm oil, has made a 100% shift in the palm oil they purchase to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil. The video below explains why Unilever believes this shift is so important.

The World Wildlife Fund sponsors the issue of sustainable palm oil because of the effect the deforestation has had on the Orangutan populations. There is an estimated 3,000-5,000 Orangutan deaths a year due to the deforestation, and an estimated 80% of their natural habitat has been wiped away. The photos used to capture this reality are a stark wake up call:

The RSPO advertises itself as an organization with the very important prospect of ending deforestation and habitat destruction linked to the production of palm oil. Only time will tell if they can achieve this goal.