A few weeks ago I was a guest speaker at the RSPO’s annual meeting, the RT10. Walmart asked me to write a blog on this event for their Green Room and so I thought I’d also post it here for our readers. If you were looking for one place with all the key Walmart’s palm oil activities and facts and figures then this is it. The video is a little long but again will give you an overview on our key activity to date and what the future for this project holds.
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Palm oil is used in over half of the products we sell so when it’s claimed that its production is leading to loss of habitats for species such as orangutans and Sumatran tigers as well as negative environmental and social consequences we need to act. That’s why Walmart made a commitment in 2010 that by the end of 2015 all the palm oil we use would come from sustainable sources. To us a sustainable source means palm oil or derivatives certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or to Rainforest Alliance’s standards.
Recently I had the opportunity to speak at the 10th Annual Roundtable meeting on sustainable palm oil in Singapore, hosted by the RSPO. I was asked to talk about Walmart’s experiences and share what successes and challenges we have encountered since we implemented our palm oil policy.Read more