On this page we’ll bring together scientific studies, policy documents, important data, interesting publications and other information related to sustainable palm oil.
Progress report on the import and use of sustainable palm oil in Europe in 2020 (EPOA & IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative)
Progress report on the import and use of sustainable palm oil in Europe in 2019 (EPOA & IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative)
Progress report on the import and use of sustainable palm oil in Europe in 2018 (EPOA & IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative)
Progress report on the import and use of sustainable palm oil in Europe in 2017 (EPOA & IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative)
Progress report on the import and use of sustainable palm oil in Europe in 2016 (EPOA & IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative)
Environmental, Economic, and Social Consequences of the Oil Palm Boom (Qaim et al. 2020)
This research study examines palm oil production and consumption trends and reviews environmental, economic, and social consequences in different parts of the world.
Impact of palm oil sustainability certification on village well-being and poverty in Indonesia (Santika, T., Wilson, K.A., Law, E.A. et al. 2021)
This research study evaluates the impact of palm oil sustainability certification on village-level wellbeing across Indonesia.
The biodiversity impact of RSPO certification (Meijaard, Ancrenaz & van Balen 2020)
This study examines RSPO member companies and assesses how their management has addressed biodiversity conservation with regard to RSPO requirements.
Global Forest Review by the World Resources Institute
The Global Forest Review (GFR) is a living online report providing the latest information on the state of the world’s forests. Unlike other reports that compile statistical data reported by governments, the GFR draws primarily on global-scale geospatial data derived from analysis of satellite imagery.
Deforestation fronts – Drivers and responses in a changing world by WWF
This 2021 report by the World Wild Fund (WWF) analyses the latest trends in deforestation and forest degradation. This report identifies a slowing trend for deforestation linked to palm oil in Indonesia and Malaysia.
The collective effort to end deforestation by DIC
An analysis by the Disclosure Insight Action of 687 companies on the steps they are taking to eliminate deforestation from their operations and supply chains.
The viability and desirability of replacing palm oil (Parsons, Raikova & Chuck 2020)
The environmental impacts of palm oil in context (Meijaard, E., Brooks, T.M., Carlson, K.M. et al. 2020)
Oil palm and biodiversity: a situation analysis by the IUCN Oil Palm Task Force (Meijaard, Garcia-Ulloa, Brooks et al. 2018)
“Breaking down oils and fats’’ Forum for the Future (July 2021)
Transnational and national certification schemes
Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil Certification
Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil
Stories from the ground: Labour circumstances in oil palm plantations. Interview with Amalia Falah Alam and Marieke de Vries den Hollander (CNV International)
Stories from the ground: the impact of palm oil in North Sumatra and Aceh. Interview with Fitri Hasibuan and John Buchanan (Conservation International)
How to be a sustainable palm oil frontrunner? Interview with Sabrina Krebsbach (WWF-UK)
Would banning palm oil improve sustainability? Interview with Matin Qaim (University of Goettingen)
Can you support the rainforest using palm oil? Interview with Jan Maarten Dros (Senior Climate and Palm Oil Expert)
What does satellite monitoring tell us about palm oil in Indonesia? Interview with Maharti Rihana (Satelligence)
Downstream and upstream initiatives
Amsterdam Declaration Partnership
The AD country governments join efforts to influence key processes– changes we would like to see happen – to enhance market uptake of sustainable commodities in ADP countries complementary to supporting production side measures in countries of origin.
European Palm Oil Alliance
Initiative that brings the European palm oil industry and producing countries together to push for market transformation in Europe and create awareness of the importance of sustainably produced palm oil.
The Sustainable Palm Oil Choice
This initiative combines a group of companies and civil society organisations that are committed to either use, produce or support the production and consumption of sustainable palm oil and inspire others to do the same.
Consumer Goods Forum – Palm Oil Roadmap
This organisation brings consumer goods retailers and manufacturers together globally
Belgium: Belgische Alliantie voor Duurzame Palmolie
Czech Republic: Iniciativa pro Udrzitelny Palmovyolej
Denmark: Danish Alliance for Responsible Palm Oil
France: French Alliance for the Preservation of Forests
Germany: Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP)
Italy: Italian Union for Sustainable Palm Oil
Poland: Polish Coalition for Sustainable Palm Oil
Slovakia: Iniciativa pro Udrzitelny Palmovyolej
Spain: Spanish Foundation for Sustainable Palm Oil
Sweden: Swedish Initiative for Sustainable Palm Oil
Switzerland: Palm Oil Network Switzerland
The Netherlands: Dutch Sustainable Palm Oil (DASPO)
United Kingdom: UK Roundtable on Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil
National Initiatives for sustainable & climate smart oil palm smallholders (NISCOPS) (IDH & Solidaridad)
Solidaridad projects strengthening smallholders in producing countries
Bilateral agreement on Sustainable Palm Oil from Colombia
National Monitoring System for the Sustainable Development of Palm Oil in Guatemala