DG ENVI voted on “Palm oil and deforestation of rainforests”

In the summer of 2016 the European Parliament decided to write a report on palm oil and deforestation of rainforests. Numerous discussions and amendments followed. Last Thursday the European Parliament Environmental (ENVI) Committee voted on the report and the final amendments.

Several aspects of palm oil are discussed in the report. The Committee surely recognizes all the efforts made over the last years by the industry. It “notes the efforts and progress made by the food manufacturing sector to source CSPO; calls on all industry sectors using palm oil to increase their efforts to source CSPO”. Furthermore, they highlight the importance of human and social rights as well as ILO conventions. Also they emphasize the cooperation with producing countries and with third countries as well as the need for more policy coherence in development cooperation.

The Committee also notes that palm oil exploitation is not the sole cause of deforestation. And the private sector commitment to end deforestation by 2020 (New York Declaration) is highlighted once more. EU  Member States are called upon to ratify the Amsterdam Declarations and to introduce obligatory requirements favoring sustainable palm oil in national public procurement procedures.

It is clear the topic will remain important for the next years at least. Together with our (European) colleague organizations MVO will follow and comment the discussion.


Related documents can be found here.


For more information you can contact Eddy Esselink, esselink@mvo.nl.


Last modified: March 15, 2017