Clearing land for oil palm plantations threatens some of the world’s most valuable forests and the species that rely on them for survival, such as endangered orang-utans, tigers, rhinos and elephants. It also releases large volumes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and puts forest-dwelling people at risk.
WWF is working on a number of fronts to tackle these problems. By applying stringent criteria to all stages of palm oil production and manufacture, we believe oil palm can provide increased economic benefits to communities without further loss of tropical forests and species.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
In 2003 WWF joined with palm oil producers, palm oil buyers, and other environmental and social groups to establish the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The RSPO brings together palm oil growers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, NGOs and investors to transform the way that palm oil is produced, traded and consumed globally.
Read more on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO)
If growers follow the standards of the RSPO and if buyers of palm oil support these growers by purchasing Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO ), then we can begin to halt the devastating loss of forests and tropical species associated with this popular vegetable oil.
Want to know more about Certified Sustainable Palm Oil?
The Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard
In 2009 and 2010, WWF turned the spotlight on major European and Australian companies by ranking their palm oil buying practices. Our research showed that while some companies were making serious efforts to source more sustainable palm oil, others were failing to address the environmental and social issues associated with palm oil production.
We repeated the exercise again in 2011 and 2013, read more about our Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard.