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Certifying Destruction: Why consumer companies need to go beyond the RSPO to stop forest destruction

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The focus of this report is the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which was formed in 2004 to promote the use of sustainable palm. RSPO members account for around 40 per cent of global palm oil production.

Greenpeace state that the RSPO has failed to address crucial questions of deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, leading to criticism both from consumer companies and NGOs. The report concludes that RSPO standards are not prohibiting deforestation and peatland destruction and therefore that RSPO certification is not protecting international brands from the risk of using palm oil associated with deforestation.