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The Steering Committee

Co-chair
Sir Jonathon Porritt
 
Co-chair
Dr John Raison
 
 
Member
Dr James Fry
Member
Dr Mukesh Sharma
Member
Bruce Blakeman
Member
Dato’ Foong Lai Choong
Member
Chew Poh Soon
Member
Dr Gan Lian Tiong
Member
Dr Harikrishna Kulaveerasingam
Member
Biswaranjan Sen
Member
Simon Siburat
 
Observer
Gabungan Pengusaha Kelapa Sawit Indonesia (GAPKI)
 
Observer
Global Environment Centre (GEC)
 
Observer
IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative
 
Observer
Indonesian Oil Palm Research Institute (IOPRI)
 
Observer
Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)
 
Observer
Neste Oil
 
Observer
Olam International
 
Observer
Proforest
 
Observer
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
 
Observer
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
 

Sir Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development.  Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity. The Forum has a growing presence in the United States, and is doing more and more work in India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
 
In addition, he is Co-Founder of The Prince of Wales's Business and Sustainability Programme, a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, and a Trustee of Ashden.
 
He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth, co-chair of the Green Party and as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission until 2009, he spent nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers.
 
Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012. He is also Visiting Professor at Loughborough University.
 
Recent books are ‘Capitalism As If The World Matters’, ‘Globalism & Regionalism’ and ‘Living Within Our Means’. His latest book, ‘The World We Made’ - about how we get to be living in a sustainable world in 2050, was published in October 2013.
 
Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection. 

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Dr John Raison

Dr John Raison is the former Chief Research Scientist with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, located in Canberra. He was initially trained in agriculture and has a PhD in soil biology/chemistry. He has conducted research, mainly on forest-related issues, with CSIRO for 38 years. He has broad expertise in the ecology and management of Australian native forests and plantations. During the last decade he has contributed scientific input to advance several national and international forest policy issues, in particular the assessment and reporting of sustainable forest management, and the development of IPCC methods for GHG accounting in the land sector.
 
Dr Raison led a panel of 15 scientific experts from 7 countries in the development of the first GHG accounting methodology for complex tropical forests that have been disturbed by draining, deforestation or burning and are growing on peat (high carbon) soils. These forests make a significant contribution to global GHG emissions via multiple processes that are poorly understood and difficult to quantify across such diverse landscapes. As part of a recent Global Forest Observations Initiative, Raison was Lead author of a Methods and Guidance document for GHG accounting for REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) activities in tropical forests. This document defines new ways in which remotely-sensed data and ground observations can be linked cost-effectively to make reliable GHG estimates. Dr Raison is a member of several Australian national committees that advise government on greenhouse issues. He also conducts research on sustainable biomass production systems for Bioenergy (biofuels and bio-electricity), and has represented Australia on International Energy Agreement Bioenergy tasks.
 
Dr Raison has authored or co-authored about 180 refereed publications, and a further 90 conference papers/reports. He has co-edited 3 books, and has written 25 book chapters.

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LMC International

Dr Fry is the Chairman of LMC International Ltd and is in overall charge of all LMC’s research teams. He has a particular responsibility for the work of the Oils and Oilseeds Group and has contributed to and been responsible for much of the research undertaken.

Dr Fry has frequently been retained by the World Bank, the European Commission and other multi-lateral organisations and individual governments as an expert on the production, processing, marketing and trading of commodities, and on policy issues in agriculture.

In the oil palm sector, Dr Fry has wide experience of the economic and social aspects of production and processing in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Colombia, Papua New Guinea, Ecuador, Brazil and countries in West Africa from Gabon to Liberia, as well as Central America.

A special interest of his is analysis of the far-reaching impact of biofuel policies on the prices of major agricultural products, notably oil crops, grains and sugar, and on the production of these raw materials for the biofuel sector.

Dr Fry has a BPhil/MPhil and DPhil in Economics and an MA in Mathematics from the University of Oxford.
 

LMC International

Member

Dr James Fry

LMC International is a privately owned company, founded in 1980, now with offices in Oxford, New York, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. In Latin America we work closely with a partner organisation, Canaplan, in Sao Paolo.

LMC provides market intelligence, analysis and advice to clients who include most of the major companies and organisations around the world involved with agricultural commodities, foods, industrial materials, biofuels and their end-markets. LMC is entirely independent and does not trade, broker, offer finance or produce any commodity. We therefore have no conflicts of interest.

Our staff are organised in research teams to offer clients in-depth specialist expertise. They have degrees in economics, agricultural economics, specialities in quantitative analysis, agronomy, MBAs, chemistry and other science backgrounds. We collaborate as needed with specialists in engineering, field and factory operations.

In China, Japan, Russia, Thailand and Ukraine we work with local associates and in Brazil, we have joined forces with Canaplan, a consultancy with deep knowledge of that enormous agricultural market.



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Asian Agri

Asian Agri is one of the leading private companies in Indonesia producing crude palm oil (CPO) since 1979 and employs around 25,000 people today. Since 1987, Asian Agri has been a pioneer of the Indonesian government’s Trans-National Government Migration (PIR-Trans) program. Today, the company manages 100,000 heactares of land and partners 29,000 smallholder families in Riau and Jambi who operate 60,000 hectares of palm oil plantation.

Asian Agri’s success in becoming one of the leading palm oil companies has been acknowledged internationally with the ISO 14001 certification for all of its operations. Its Learning Institute in Pelalawan, Riau, as well as its nursery research center in Kampar, Riau are ISO 9001 certified. In addition, Asian Agri’s R&D Center in Tebing Tinggi has also obtained certification by the International Plant-Analytical Exchange at the WEPAL lab at Wageningen University in The Netherlands, for its high standards.

Aside from its success in becoming a leading palm oil producer with the most advanced technology, Asian Agri is also committed to preserving the environment

Asian Agri-owned estates in Riau (i.e. Buatan, Soga & Ukui ) and in Jambi (i.e. Tungkal Ulu & Muara Bulian), along with its smallholder estates (i.e. Buatan & Ukui Smallholders and Tungkal Ulu & Muara Bulian Smallholders) have received RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certification. At the same time, ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) has been achieved for all estates both owned by Asian Agri and smallholders under the smallholders scheme & KKPA Scheme. Buatan, Ukui, Soga, Tungkal Ulu & Muara Bulian estates and mills have also achieved ISPO (Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil) certification. Asian Agri aims to be 100% ISPO certified by the end of 2014.
 
Asian Agri

Member

Dr Mukesh Sharma

Dr Mukesh is the Group R&D Director in charge of the R&D operations for oil palm and forestry plantations in the group. He has more than 28 years of experience in R&D of cocoa, coconut, oil palm, acacias & eucalyptus crops. His main focus areas have been on R&D, technical advisory and sustainability. Key areas of work include agronomy, silviculture, breeding, molecular biology and plant protection. He also has many years of experience in handling issues relating to strategic management, replanting, crop quality, mill oil extraction, land application of palm oil mill effluent (POME),Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), clean development mechanism (CDM) projects, occupational safety & health and carbon stock research.
 
Dr Mukesh has a BSC (Hons) and a PhD from University Malaya. He started his career as a Research Officer in United Plantations Berhad in the mid – 1980s before leaving the organisation at the end of 2007 as Senior Research Manager, to join Asian Agri Group as Head R&D. Whilst there, he also took the additional role of Head RSPO before taking up his current position as the Group R&D Director in 2011.
 
He has published numerous books and journals, and presented more than 55 papers both locally and internationally relating to the various areas of research and management mentioned. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Incorporated Society of Planters, International Society of Oil Palm Breeders, International Society of Oil Palm Agronomists and International Carotenoid Society. He was also member of the RSPO’s greenhouse gas working group 1 and the peat land working group 2.

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Cargill

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and nearly 150 years of experience. We have 143,000 employees in 67 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.
Cargill

Member

Bruce Blakeman

Bruce Blakeman is the Vice President for Corporate Affairs in the Asia-Pacific region for Cargill stationed in Singapore. His responsibilities include managing government relations, stakeholder management, M&A, internal & external communications, issues management, and corporate social responsibility activities in the Asia-Pacific region.
 
Prior to joining Cargill in October 2005, Bruce served four years as a Presidential Appointee in the Bush Administration. He was first appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Commerce where he ran the domestic operations of the U.S. Commercial Service (2001-2003). He was then asked to serve as the Secretary of Commerce Donald Evan’s special envoy to China stationed in the Beijing Embassy where he served for two years (2003-2005).
 
Before joining the government, Bruce was a Senior Vice President for Wirthlin Worldwide, living in Washington, D.C., Singapore and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Wirthlin Worldwide was a global communications & branding strategy consultancy and political consulting firm headed by President Ronald Reagan’s chief strategist, Dr Richard Wirthlin.
 
In the early 1990s, Bruce was the first foreign political campaign advisor to the Liberal Party of Australia, based in Canberra for two-and-a-half years. Bruce began his career as a political campaign manager and consultant. He has also worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
 
Bruce is from Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA and grew up on a blueberry farm.
 

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IOI Corporation Berhad

IOI Corporation Berhad (“IOIC”) is a leading global integrated palm oil player listed on the Main Board of Malaysian Stock Exchange. Employing more than 30,000 people across seven countries, IOIC is a fully integrated company that undertakes the plantation and resource-based manufacturing businesses under IOI Group. Its principal activities consist of upstream cultivation of oil palm, and downstream resource-based manufacturing which includes refining of palm oil as well as manufacturing of oleochemicals and specialty oils and fats.
 
Today, IOIC’s plantation business covers Malaysia and Indonesia with a landbank of more than 240,000 hectares, making it one of the largest plantation owners in the industry. With its hands-on management approach and good agronomic practices, IOIC is ranked highly among the most efficient major plantation owners with one of the highest oil yields in the industry.
 
IOIC’s downstream resource-based manufacturing business comprises three segments: refineries, oleochemicals, and specialty oils and fats. Its manufacturing facilities are located in Malaysia, the Netherlands, USA and Canada to meet the needs of its customers worldwide. Currently, its downstream products are exported to more than 60 countries.
 
Since the early eighties, IOIC has established a leadership position in the various businesses it is involved in and consistently ranked among the top companies in Malaysia as well as Asia through surveys conducted by Forbes Asia, Finance Asia, Asiamoney, Euromoney, and Far Eastern Economic Review.
 
IOI Corporation Berhad

Member

Dato’ Foong Lai Choong

Dato’ Foong has a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science (Hons.) from University of Malaya and is an Associate of Incorporated Society of Planters (AISP). He was attached to Dunlop Estates Berhad from 1981 to 1986 first as the Manager, later as Inspection Officer and then as Acting Plantation Controller.
 
In 1986 he joined Lam Soon Plantations where he served as Plantation Director for 10 years.  He then moved on to become Group General Manager and President Director of PT Tiara Adi Kencana, a subsidiary of Kuok Group Plantation in Indonesia where he worked from 1997 to 1998. Dato’ Foong has been Group Plantation Director of IOI Corporation since 1999.

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Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad

Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), a company incorporated in Malaysia, is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad with a market capitalisation of approximately RM26.5 billion at the end of December 2013.
 
Started as a plantation company more than 100 years ago, plantations (oil palm and rubber) still lead as KLK’s core business activity. Through various strategic acquisitions and sound management, the Group’s plantation land bank now stands close to 250,000 hectares spread across Malaysia (Peninsular and Sabah) and Indonesia (Belitung Island, Sumatra, Central and East Kalimantan). The KLK Group has also made inroads into Liberia with plans to develop oil palm plantations.
 
Since the 1990s, the KLK Group has diversified into resource-based manufacturing (oleochemicals, derivatives and specialty chemicals), and vertically integrated its upstream and downstream businesses. The KLK Group expanded its manufacturing operations through organic growth, joint-ventures and acquisitions in Malaysia, the People’s Republic of China, Switzerland, Germany and The Netherlands, resulting in internationally-scaled oleochemicals operations.
 
The 1990’s also saw the KLK Group capitalising on the strategic location of its land bank in Peninsular Malaysia by branching into property development. Its latest project, the 1,000 acres Bandar Seri Coalfields Township is located in the vicinity of Sungai Buloh, Selangor and an addition to KLK’s nearby Desa Coalfields and Sierramas projects.
Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad

Member

Chew Poh Soon

Mr. Chew is a specialist in plantation  crop research and management and currently is Consultant and Advisor to Applied Agricultural Resources Sdn Bhd and Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd. He has Bachelors in Agricultural Science (Hons) and Masters in Agricultural Science degrees from University of Malaya. After graduation, he began his career in 1967 in Highlands Research Unit Sdn Bhd (HRU) and became its Head from 1973 to 1986. He was Head of Applied Agricultural Research Sdn Bhd (AAR) from 1986 to 2000. After retirement, he was the Plantation Director (PM) at IOI Corporation Bhd from 2001 to 2003 and Director of Kim Loong Resources Bhd between 2000-2001 and 2006-2011.
 
Mr. Chew has published 26 papers, 3 book chapters and co-authored 65 papers in both local and international journals. He was awarded Fellowships of the following professional societies, Malaysian Society of Soil Science, Incorporated Society of Planters and Malaysian Oil Scientists and Technologists Association and has served in technical and research committees of the Research Institutes of the Malaysian Plantation Industry and its professional societies, the Ministry of Science and Technology and RSPO. In 2013, he was appointed Plantation Crop Advisor at Universiti Tungku Abdul Rahman.
 

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Musim Mas

Headquartered in Singapore, Musim Mas operates globally across the palm oil spectrum. Its business activities run the gamut of the palm oil supply chain: from managing oil palm plantations to refining crude palm oil and manufacturing value-added products. It also has a fleet of ship tankers and barges that enhances its logistic capability. The Group has operational presence in 12 countries across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the US, backed by a multi-national workforce of 28,500 people.
 
Musim Mas

Member

Dr Gan Lian Tiong

Dr Gan started working in the plantation industry in August 1975. He has been the Group Head of Sustainability in Musim Mas since April 2007 where he is responsible for the Group’s sustainability initiatives. Dr Gan also represents Musim Mas in various Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) working groups. He is an alternate member to the RSPO Board of Governors, representing the Indonesian RSPO Growers Members Caucus.

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Sime Darby Plantation

Sime Darby Plantation is the plantation and agri-business arm of the Sime Darby Group – a Malaysian-based diversified Multinational Corporation with businesses in five key growth sectors, as well as operations in 26 countries worldwide.
 
It is one of the world’s largest plantation companies, producing about 5% of the global Crude Palm Oil (CPO) output. As an integrated plantation company, Sime Darby Plantation is involved in the full spectrum of the palm oil value chain. It operates oil palm plantations in Malaysia, Indonesia and Liberia, as well as a downstream business which spans across 14 countries, involving the manufacturing and marketing of oils and fats products, oleochemicals, palm oil-based biodiesel and other palm oil derivatives. It is also present in the consumer goods sector, producing and marketing cooking oil and fruit juices, among others.
 
Sime Darby Plantation is one of the co-founding members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the world’s largest producer of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) and palm kernel oil (CPKO), with an annual production of 2.03 and 0.47 million tonnes respectively. As a leader in plantation sustainability, Sime Darby Plantation is committed to its role in the development and promotion of sustainable practices and products in the palm oil sector.
Sime Darby Plantation

Member

Dr Harikrishna Kulaveerasingam

Dr. Harikrishna completed his first degree (B.Sc.) in Plant Sciences from the University of London (Wye College), UK, after which he completed his Ph.D. in Plant Developmental and Molecular Biology at the University of Leicester in the UK.
 
Dr. Harikrishna joined the Sime Darby Technology Centre Sdn. Bhd. a company that is part of Sime Darby R&D Centre in July of 2003. Currently he is the Senior Vice President II and Head (In-Charge) of Sime Darby Plantation R&D. Prior to that, Dr. Harikrishna was a post-doctoral Fellow of University of California, Davis, USA, working on plant molecular biology R&D and also a visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, where he worked on developing new tools for oil palm molecular biology. He has held research and academic positions in industry and academic institutions in the UK, USA and Malaysia and has 25 year’s post-graduate experience in biotechnology and has co-authored numerous publications and patents. In 2012 he was inducted into the Malaysian Academy of Science as a fellow.
 
Dr. Harikrishna spearheaded the effort to sequence the oil palm genome at Sime Darby and in May 2009, Sime Darby announced that it has successfully sequenced, assembled and annotated the oil palm genome exclusively using second generation sequencing technology– making the world’s first company to achieve this scientific break-through using this technology.

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Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. We work with 173,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual sales of €49.8 billion in 2013. Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (57% in 2013). Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands, 14 of which - Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann’s, Surf, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall’s ice cream, Lux, Flora / Becel, Rama / Blue Band, Magnum and Axe / Lynx - now generate a turnover of €1 billion or more.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals, we have defined seven pillars, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at here.

Unilever has been recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. Unilever has been named sector leader of the CDP’s Forests programme for three consecutive years, and in 2014 led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey - for the fourth year running. Unilever was named LinkedIn’s third most sought-after employer worldwide in 2013.
 
Unilever

Member

Biswaranjan Sen

Mr. Biswaranjan is a chemical engineer by training. He joined Unilever in 1991 and has worked in research & development, and across various parts of the supply chain, including manufacturing, planning, logistics and customer service. Between 2009 and 2012 he was a member of the Board of Directors of Unilever Indonesia with responsibility for the supply chain. He is currently the Vice President, Procurement Chemicals at Unilever and also responsible for Partner to Win, Unilever’s strategic programme to build value relationships with selected key suppliers. Biswaranjan has a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Calcutta.

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Wilmar

Wilmar International Limited, founded in 1991 and headquartered in Singapore, is today Asia’s leading agribusiness group. Wilmar is ranked amongst the largest listed companies by market capitalisation on the Singapore Exchange.
 
Wilmar’s business activities include oil palm cultivation, oilseed crushing, edible oils refining, sugar milling and refining, specialty fats, oleochemical, biodiesel and fertiliser manufacturing and grain processing. At the core of Wilmar’s strategy is a resilient integrated agribusiness model that encompasses the entire value chain of the agricultural commodity processing business, from origination and processing to branding, merchandising and distribution of a wide range of agricultural products. It has over 450 manufacturing plants and an extensive distribution network covering China, India, Indonesia and some 50 other countries. The Group is backed by a multinational workforce of about 90,000 people.
 
Wilmar’s portfolio of high quality processed agricultural products is the preferred choice of the food manufacturing industry, as well as the industrial and consumer food businesses. Its consumer-packed products occupy a leading share in its targeted markets. Through scale, integration and the logistical advantages of its business model, Wilmar is able to extract margins at every step of the value chain, thereby reaping operational synergies and cost efficiencies.
Wilmar remains a firm advocate of sustainable growth and is committed to its role as a responsible corporate citizen.
Wilmar

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Simon Siburat

Simon Siburat started his planting career in 1989 with Sarawak Oil Palms Sdn Bhd, that was formerly managed by Commonwealth Development Corporation as a cadet planter. In 1992 he joined Sapi Plantations Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of PPB Oil Palms Bhd, where he was involved in the field operations before switching his career to research and advisory line in 1995. The advisory unit, Eco-Management Unit (EMU) provides agricultural services in the form of agronomy and IPM Advisory, crop quality monitoring and GIS mapping. Since the merger with Wilmar International Limited in 2007, he has taken on a new role as the Sustainability Co-ordinator for Wilmar International Limited, and spear headed the implementation of RSPO and other sustainability initiatives, in particular community and environmental issues. He has served as General Manager, Group Sustainability for the Wilmar Group since 2013.
 

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Observer


Gabungan Pengusaha Kelapa Sawit Indonesia (GAPKI)

The Indonesian Palm Oil Association or better known as GAPKI (Gabungan Pengusaha Kelapa Sawit Indonesia) is an organisation of oil palm growers in Indonesia, established on 27 February 1981. Today, GAPKI has 654 members whom as a group controls approximately 3.66 million hectares or 33% of the Indonesian oil palm plantation area.

GAPKI has long been promoting good palm oil production practices and currently advocating the implementation of the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) standard. GAPKI has made various efforts to advance the palm oil industry in Indonesia, which includes providing inputs and advice in the development of government policies. GAPKI continues to work together with the Government of Indonesia to improve the competitiveness of Indonesian palm oil business.

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Global Environment Centre (GEC)

The Global Environment Centre (GEC) was established and registered as a non-profit organization in Malaysia in 1998, to work on environmental issues globally. GEC's mission is to support the protection of the environment and sustainable use of the natural resources to meet local, regional and global needs, through strategic partnerships with communities and like-minded organizations.

The Centre supports information exchange and capacity building as well as undertakes strategic projects particularly in developing countries.



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IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative

Driving sustainable market transformation requires effective partnerships. IDH convenes result oriented, pre-competitive coalitions with over 400 key stakeholders that are in the position to support market transformation.

IDH enhances existing sector specific partnerships further and develops new strategic alliances. The organisation also identifies and advances harmonisation initiatives and theme-focused partnerships.

Through combining our convening powers, financial resources, close relationships with different stakeholders and our specialised knowledge as a program developer, IDH delivers impact on the Sustainable Development Goals.

IDH coalitions are open for any (private) partner that considers sustainable production as an economic viable business strategy which addresses challenges such as poverty reduction, labour conditions and environmental challenges in their supply chain.

With a €130 million co-funding grant from the Dutch, Swiss and Danish Governments, IDH runs public-private, precompetitive market transformation programs in 18 sectors. A prerequisite for any IDH investment is a minimum of 50% co-funding by companies.



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Observer


Indonesian Oil Palm Research Institute (IOPRI)

The Indonesian Oil Palm Research Institute (IOPRI) is a self-funded government agency, established in 1916 and headquartered in Medan, focusing on key research areas. In addition to conducting research to support the development of the oil palm industry, IOPRI also provides advisory services and technical assistance to companies as well as independent oil palm farmers. These include planting materials, bio-fungicides, fertilisers, pheromones, and training for staff.IOPRI is the first and largest producer of oil palm seeds in Indonesia, with an extensive germplasm collection. It organises and attends international palm oil conferences, and collaborates with other organisations in research projects.

 



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Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)

The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) is a government agency entrusted to serve the country's palm oil industry. Its main role is to promote and develop national objectives, policies and priorities for the wellbeing of the Malaysian palm oil industry.

MPOB was incorporated by an Act of Parliament (Act 582) and established on 1 May 2000, taking over, through a merger, the functions of the Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia (PORIM) and the Palm Oil Registration and Licensing Authority (PORLA). Each of these respective organisations have been involved in the palm oil industry for more than 20 years. MPOB was instituted to render more effective services as well as to give greater national and international focus to the industry.

MPOB derives its funding mainly from levy imposed on the industry for every tonne of palm oil and palm kernel oil produced. In addition, MPOB receives budget allocations from the government mainly for infra structural and development projects. Approved research projects are mostly funded by the Board.



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Neste Oil

Neste Oil Corporation is a refining and marketing company concentrating on low-emission, high-quality traffic fuels. The company produces a comprehensive range of major petroleum products and is the world's leading supplier of renewable diesel. Neste Oil had net sales of EUR 17.5 billion in 2013 and employs around 5,000 people, and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. Neste Oil is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and has featured in The Global 100 list of the world's most sustainable corporations for many years. Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) has ranked Neste Oil as one of the best performers in the oil & gas sector.

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Olam International

Olam International was established in 1989 with 1 product in 1 country, trading cashew from Nigeria into India. Today they are a leading agri-business operating from seed to shelf in 65 countries, supplying food and industrial raw materials to over 13,800 customers worldwide. Their team of 23,000 employees has built a leadership position in many businesses including cocoa, coffee, cashew, rice and cotton.
 
Olam is committed to responsible growth, and believes that it is only by doing business in a sustainable way that long-term value for all stakeholders can be delivered. Through the Olam Sustainability Standard, each step of Olam’s value chain is being examined to identify and implement measures to sustainably deliver products across all of its geographies by 2020.  As outlined in Olam’s Palm Policy, with their partner, the Republic of Gabon, Olam is committed to developing RSPO certified palm plantations and processing plants that will coexist with diverse, carbon and species-rich forests, healthy ecosystems, and thriving communities.

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Proforest

Established in 2000, Proforest is an independent, international organisation that works alongside producers, industry, governments, NGOs and communities to help them understand and address their sustainability challenges, bridge their differences and arrive at effective, integrated solutions. Their expertise covers the whole supply chain, whether it is advising forest or plantation managers on the practical implementation of international policy and standards, supporting responsible purchasing and investment, or working with policy makers and sustainability initiatives to help them develop effective policy tools and standards. Specifically, Proforest are experts in the implementation of responsible sourcing, and have been working in the palm oil sector since 2004

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Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is an International Multi Stakeholder Organization and Certification Scheme for Sustainable Palm Oil. WWF commenced exploring the possibilities for a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. The result was an informal co-operation among Aarhus United UK Ltd, Migros, Malaysian Palm Oil Association and Unilever together with WWF in 2002. A preparatory meeting was held in London on 20 September 2002 and this was followed by a meeting in Gland on 17 December 2002. These organizations constituted themselves as an Organizing Committee to organize the first Roundtable meeting and to prepare the foundation for the organizational and governance structure for the formation of the RSPO.

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The Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. ZSL has worked in Indonesia since 2001 when it was commissioned to look at the impact of palm oil plantations on the Sumatran tiger. This work led to ZSL developing a set of standardized recommendations for the management and monitoring of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas.
 
ZSL has now rolled out this approach across Indonesia, working with the private sector, the Government and other stakeholders in helping them formulate site-specific management plans for HCV areas, providing them with technical advice and bespoke training on monitoring systems and specifically the use of the Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool (SMART). In addition ZSL has also engaged in strong advocacy work, linking companies with global certification schemes and through its own Sustainable Palm Oil Platform and 'Transparency Toolkit'.
 
One of ZSL's focal areas of operation has been Berbak National Park in Sumatra, which in 2012 was declared a REDD+ Demonstration Activity site. ZSL remains involved in providing technical assistance to the NP Agency in all aspects of this initiative.

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