Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto

In July 2014, Sime Darby Plantation became a signatory to the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto, an initiative that sets higher standards for growers, traders, end users, and other stakeholders in addition to the RSPO Principles and Criteria. Other signatories included four other oil palm planters, IOI Corporation Bhd, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd, Musim Mas Group, and Asian Agri, along with global traders, Apical and Cargill. In signing the Manifesto, all signatories affirms their commitment to no deforestation, creating traceable and transparent supply chains, and protecting peat areas, while ensuring economic and social benefits for the local people and communities where oil palm is grown.

The Manifesto calls for enhancements to the RSPO P&C with three specific objectives:
  • To build traceable and transparent supply chains;
  • To accelerate the journey to no deforestation through the conservation of High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests and the protection of peat areas regardless of depth
  • To increase the focus on driving beneficial economic change and to ensure a positive social impact on people and communities.

Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto
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Palm oil is a nutritious and versatile food product that is essential to the livelihood of millions of people in communities across Indonesia and Malaysia and growing in importance in the tropical belts of Africa, Latin America and other parts of the world. 

As growers, traders and processors, non-governmental organisations, end-users and financial institutions, we are committed to ensuring sustainability in the entire chain from cultivation to consumption. In line with this commitment, we propose to enhance the RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C) with three specific objectives:

High Carbon Stock (HCS) Study
Taking our commitment a step further, Sime Darby Plantation, along with the other signatories of the Manifesto spearheaded a comprehensive and independent study on High Carbon Stock (HCS) thresholds and the practical considerations for implementing such thresholds, especially in developing and emerging countries. In September 2014, we enhanced our commitment to sustainability by halting all development pending the results of the 12-month HCS study. The study was completed in December 2015..

The HCS Study was conducted by a technical committee of 8 scientific experts led by leading environmentalist Sir Jonathon Porritt, sustainability advisor to Sime Darby, and eminent forest ecologist Dr John Raison. The study will help us make decisions on land conversion for oil palm plantings with reliable information on carbon emissions from Land Use Change & Sequestration (LUCS) and related socio-economic considerations.

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