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All companies that use palm products have a responsibility and a role to play in helping to make the industry sustainable.

All companies using palm oil should follow a few basic steps:

icon-yes-b.png Join the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), get involved in its work and report on their progress and actions each year.
icon-yes-b.png Calculate how much palm oil they use and where it comes from – be transparent.
icon-yes-b.png Make it clear to their suppliers that they expect to be supplied products containing certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO).
icon-yes-b.png Commit to sourcing only RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil.
icon-yes-b.png Buy CSPO now. Source as much CSPO from physical supply chains as possible, and cover all remaining use of palm oil with book and claim certificates.
icon-yes-b.png Move as quickly as possible to sourcing only segregated CSPO.
icon-yes-b.png Build on the RSPO by committing to credible, independently verified standards like the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) Charter or RSPO NEXT.
icon-yes-b.png Lobby governments in producer countries to create and enforce legislation requiring legal and sustainable palm oil production.

There is no excuse at all for any brand using palm oil not to be already at 100% CSPO today – companies that have fallen short of that target should be called to account by their competitors and their customers.

Comprehensive and collective action

Companies should also:

icon-yes-b.png Act globally if they operate globally. Partial promises to do better in the US or Europe while continuing to ignore important markets like Asia will not save the remaining forests and wildlife.
icon-yes-b.png Take a more active role in shaping government policies toward supporting sustainable palm oil – from better planning, regulation and enforcement in producing regions, to trade and tariff systems that prevent consuming regions from importing unsustainable palm oil.
icon-yes-b.png Join national and regional groups and initiatives – co-operate and share information and ideas to speed up progress for all. Some of these like the New York Declaration on Forests or the Consumer Goods Forum resolution on zero net deforestation are good ways to show a company’s global commitment to change.
icon-yes-b.png Make sure that all of the palm oil they use and sell is sustainable – whether it’s in a company’s own brands or in the private labels they make or stock. Be honest with customers about what their promises really mean.


Brands care what their customers think – so use your voice to make sure they commit to credibly certified sustainable palm that doesn’t harm vital forests and wildlife or the communities that depend on them. You can:

icon-yes-b.png Use this Scorecard to see how well your favourite supermarkets, manufacturers and food service companies are doing on palm oil. Check the scores.
icon-yes-b.png Contact the brands – thank the best for having started to make a difference and demand that those failing do more. We’ve made it easy for you to do this when you check the scores.
icon-yes-b.png Look for the RSPO logo on products you buy – choose products containing certified sustainable palm oil where you can.


Governments have an important role to play in halting deforestation, both in producer countries and in consumer countries.


icon-yes-b.png Create laws and policies that will end deforestation by 2020.
icon-yes-b.png Support public-private partnerships aimed at ending deforestation.
icon-yes-b.png Sign and implement the New York Declaration on Forests.
icon-yes-b.png Adhere to OECD agriculture guidance.
icon-yes-b.png Be an active advocate globally for deforestation- and conversion-free commodities, as one element to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals.


icon-yes-b.png Make laws and policies that will mean that only independently verified sustainable palm oil is entering their markets by 2020 at the latest.
icon-yes-b.png Review policies, subsidies and overseas development aid to promote sustainable palm oil and remove harmful incentives that may promote irresponsible or even illegal palm oil.
icon-yes-b.png Establish public procurement policies that specify the need to source only sustainable palm oil and set ambitious national targets for doing so.
icon-yes-b.png Sign and implement the New York Declaration on Forests within its given timeframe.
icon-yes-b.png Be an active advocate globally for deforestation- and conversion-free commodities and responsible markets, as one element to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals.

EU countries specifically should:

icon-yes-b.png Support the development of measures to halt deforestation and forest degradation, such as the EU Action Plan on Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and to address the EU’s impact beyond its borders.
icon-yes-b.png Sign and implement the Amsterdam Declaration Towards Eliminating Deforestation from Agricultural Commodity Chains with European Countries.
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