The Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG), established by NGO’s such as Greenpeace, WWF and palm producers, released a set of indicators that allow for the independent verification of performance against the POIG Charter, which was released in November 2013. The POIG Charter builds on the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) certification standard with additional requirements that ensure all palm oil operations by POIG grower members are free from deforestation, the destruction of peatlands, and human and labour rights abuses.
The Group released the following joint statement:
“The Palm Oil Innovation Group has taken a major step towards ensuring the availability of responsible palm oil from independently verified growers. With the detailed indicators agreed and released, palm oil producer members will now be able to confirm compliance with the stringent requirement of the POIG Charter and provide palm oil that is proven not to cause forest destruction, social conflict or aggravate climate change. “
“All that is needed now is for other stakeholders to actively support innovation and improvements in the palm oil sector and demonstrate that business as usual is no longer tenable.”
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