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Neil Judd speaks on sustainable palm oil in the food supply chain

Proforest director Neil Judd spoke on responsible sourcing at a seminar on sustainable palm oil during the Sustainability in the Food Supply Chain conference in London on 20 September 2011.

Sustainable sourcing of ingredients for food is an increasingly important topic due to a variety of factors, including consumer demand, legislation, NGO pressure, and long-term reliability and safety of supplies. While in the past responsible sourcing could be complex, the burgeoning of certification initiatives in the agricultural sector has made sustainable purchasing attainable to an increasing number of companies. In the palm oil sector the current gold standard for sustainable sourcing is set by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

As part of a one-day seminar on sustainable palm oil, Neil’s presentation focused on sustainable sourcing options in the palm oil sector. It outlined the different responsible sourcing actions that individual companies can take, as part of national sustainable procurement initiatives, and in terms of the practical implementation of their own policies and objectives. The presentation considered, amongst other issues, supply chain mapping, risk mitigation, and certification options.

 

Published 04.10.2011