17 May 2024

Progress on No-deforestation and No-peat commitments in the Palm Oil Sector


Progress on No-deforestation and No-peat commitments in the Palm Oil Sector

The Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) has released a new report which looks at progress by companies on commitments to No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation (NDPE) in the palm oil sector through the lens of the NDPE Implementation Reporting Framework (NDPE-IRF). This tool has been developed by the company-led Palm Oil Collaboration Group (POCG), facilitated by Proforest, to enable aligned company reporting on progress implementing NDPE commitments.

In 2022, fourteen of the world’s biggest agribusiness traders, including ten operating in the palm oil sector, published the Agriculture Sector Roadmap to 1.5°C. In this roadmap, the companies commit to using the NDPE-IRF to report on progress in implementing NDPE commitments, especially for No Deforestation and No Peat, and to mainstreaming use of the tool as a way to accelerate progress on NDPE across the palm oil sector. The fact that these key players have identified the NDPE-IRF as their preferred way of reporting on progress makes it an important tool for all stakeholders interested in deforestation and conversion free supply chains to understand.

The primary objective of this report is to raise awareness of the NDPE-IRF — what it is and how it can be improved — among relevant stakeholders, including companies operating in palm oil supply chains, the finance sector, the donor community, and civil society. The intention is to increase the uptake of this tool, which enables and supports the implementation of company NDPE commitments in their palm oil supply chains.

This report examines how the framework has been working, how signatories to the Agriculture Sector Roadmap to 1.5°C are using it, wider sector adoption, how it relates to the European Union Deforestation Regulation, and where it can be improved to scale and accelerate adoption.

This report was funded by a grant from the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.

Read the report here.