“Sustainable” palm oil?

We could make a big difference today

Major palm oil industry players are meeting in Paris today to decide the future of so-called "sustainable" certified palm oil.
Now is a critical moment for us to flood Twitter and appear full screen on the RSPO's live tweet broadcast, forcing it to act.

Please, will you join me in tweeting at the RSPO about protecting our rainforest from destruction?

Live tweet the RSPO now!

A,

I’m writing to you from my hometown of Paris, France, where the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is hosting... its annual conference with major industry players like PepsiCo and Unilever to make critical decisions about the future of "sustainable" palm oil.

While I confront key industry players about the ongoing rainforest destruction and workers rights abuses inside, I need your help to make our voice is heard on social media.

As you read these words, the RSPO is making final decisions about whether to continue certifying deforestation, endangered species extinction, massive climate emissions, and ongoing human rights abuses as “sustainable”. We’ve got to fight back hard to ensure this doesn't happen.

To pressure the RSPO, we need as many people as possible tweeting during the meeting today. Together, we can take over its official Twitter hashtag #EURT2018 and show the RSPO and its members that the world is watching.

Will you join me in asking the RSPO to do the right thing and strengthen its Principles and Criteria and sanction non-compliant members?

Tweet at the RSPO now.

The RSPO is undergoing a review of its standards, but I’ve seen the latest draft and it still allows deforestation and degradation on carbon-rich peatlands to be certified as “sustainable.” It also fails to set a deadline to restore carbon-rich peatlands degraded by palm oil plantations, releasing carbon bombs and worsening climate chaos.

The RSPO needs to put its money where its mouth is and punish non-compliant members such as Indofood, Indonesia’s largest food company, and its palm oil arm, IndoAgri. The RSPO has failed to sanction its controversial member despite years of investigations showing the company is abusing workers. As you read my email, Indofood continues to profit from sales of RSPO certified palm oil while violating workers’ rights and destroying rainforests in Indonesia.

Please will you join me in asking the RSPO to strengthen its Principles and Criteria and sanction non-compliant members?

Tweet at the RSPO now.

The RSPO is at a crossroads as its members convene in Paris today. The decisions made following today’s meetings and plenaries will determine whether the RSPO becomes a credible certification scheme of the leading ‘No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation’ (NDPE) policies which have already been adopted by many of its members, or fades into irrelevancy, allowing and ignoring destruction and climate chaos.

This is a critical moment for the RSPO. Its members have pledged NDPE palm oil supply chains by 2020, and this is the only chance to review the Principles and Criteria between now and 2020. If the RSPO does not act now to bring the Principles and Criteria into line with NDPE standards, then it will forgo its ability to contribute to the implementation of a growing number of its members' NDPE policies.

Tweet at the RSPO now.

Live tweet the RSPO now!

Thanks for all that you do,
Fatah, Eoin, and the team at SumOfUs


More information:

RSPO: Completely Worthless, or Just Mostly Worthless? (UPDATED), The Huffington Post, 31 March 2017
Why 'Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)' palm oil is neither responsible nor sustainable, Rainforest Action Network, 25 April 2013


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