Oil palm

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Combined global certified area

minimum of 3.1 million hectares, global share of 10.9%; assuming no double certification: maximum of 3.2 million hectares, global share of 11.2%

Minimum certified area growth

2015-2019, +10.8%;

2018-2019, +7.7% (Table 7)

Largest certified area

RSPO, 3.05 million hectares,

global share of 10.8% (Table 8)

Highest growth

2015-2019, Rainforest Alliance, +121.7%; 2018-2019, Rainforest Alliance, +21.2%, 110,503 hectares total (Table 8)

Collaboration is key among actors in the value chain

Despite concerns over poor labour conditions, deforestation and forest degradation, conventional oil palm consumption increased during the pandemic. Food processors are now switching to RSPO-compliant schemes, and organic and GMO-free options. Governments also play a key role implementing measures to import more sustainable-grown palm oil. 1, 2

Some traders and processors, however, still face difficulties sourcing certified oil palm, including the low demand from manufacturing companies.3

Crucial next steps to boost sustainable consumption include

Collaboration and collective action among all actors in the value chain

Creating policies in major importing countries, as well as Indian and Chinese markets, to support farmers adopt sustainable production practices 4

Incentivising buyers to source certified oil palm 5

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