Traceability & Transparency

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When companies say that they are being environmentally responsible and using palm oil from sustainable and deforestation-free sources, there has to be a way of verifying this. When international monitoring organisations give certifications to companies for their good practice, people need to be able to see why they were given, what the standards are, and how they can be reached.

Why does it matter?

With such a long supply chain, traceability is an important way to allow people to be sure they are buying palm oil that is sustainable and has not caused deforestation. It also keeps companies accountable, and it makes visible which companies are investing, buying and using 100% sustainable and deforestation-free palm oil.

We also need transparency in the palm oil supply chain – honest, open communication at all stages in the process, which celebrates the successes and flags up the steps needed to make further progress and meet all goals. It also allows growers and companies to share best practices with others in their industry and drive up standards across the whole sector. It also helps to educate others who may not be aware of the issues involved, and the progress that has been made so far.

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What is the industry doing to increase traceability and transparency?

Great progress has been made in recent years and significant steps have been taken towards all palm oil being sustainable and traceable. Our EPOA members have acted, stepping up to the challenges they face. With new standardized reporting requirements, online dashboards, and regular reporting, we have made our operations traceable and transparent for consumers, governments, and anybody else.

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How can you support?

There are some ground-breaking technology solutions which are seen as future ways of improving sustainability and traceability. DNA-based traceability technology, blockchain, and radar-based forest monitoring systems could all play their part. However, it’s vital that all players in the palm oil supply chain do their bit for traceability and transparency – only a universal effort will do.

And it’s only when we create a truly level playing field – so that everyone has the same obligations and the same assistance to meet them – that we can create a fair system for all. Our members at EPOA are making sure that everyone who works with palm oil – whatever part of the business they are in, and wherever they are in the world – understands what’s required of them to ensure palm oil is produced with respect for people and nature.

We encourage others to join our aforementioned efforts to make the palm oil value chains 100% traceable and transparent! Reach out to us through our contact page for more information on how to make your palm oil supply chain fully traceable and transparent.

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