Building on the RSPO 2016 impact report, this impact update covers RSPO’s progress and activities from mid-2016 to mid-2017, covering issues such as HCV areas, RSPO Next, community engagement and the complaints procedure.
Highlights from the report include:
- “As at 30 June 2017, plantations covering a total of 3.2 million hectares across 16 countries are RSPO certified, an increase of 14% since the last reporting period.
- “Latin America saw an 11% expansion in certified area, while certified area in Africa grew by 22,773 hectares - a relatively small amount compared to other regions, but a 70% growth in local terms. Gabon and Ecuador also joined the list of countries with certified sustainable palm oil production.”
- “A total of 189,777 hectares of High Conservation Value (HCV) area has been identified and is currently managed by RSPO members, an increase of 21% since the last reporting period.”
- “In April 2017, DAABON Group became the first oil palm grower in the world to achieve full RSPO NEXT certification… [which is] a voluntary initiative that allows producers to be recognised for their leadership in implementing best practices… including: No Deforestation, No Fire, No Planting on Peat, Reduction of GHGs, Respect for Human Rights and Transparency.”
- The average time to close a complaint submitted on any breaches of RSPO commitments had fallen from 685 days in 2015 to 363 days in 2016.
To read the original, full report, click below.