The Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) announced that leading cosmetics company, L'Oréal and Switzerland-based supplier of chocolate and cocoa products, Barry Callebaut, are the newest members of the leading initiative for responsibly producing palm oil. These companies join existing POIG members like Ferrero and Danone in their commitments to drive responsible palm oil production.
The announcement follows increasing debate on what single "No Deforestation" and "No Exploitation" standard will be adopted by the EU following the successful passage of the palm oil resolution in April 2017. Members of Parliament voted in support of the introduction of a single certification scheme that ensures all palm oil entering the EU market is not tied to deforestation or human rights violations.
During the annual European meeting of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the co-chair of the Palm Oil Innovation Group, Matthias Diemer, said, "With more innovators joining forces under POIG, we move closer to achieving POIG's vision: a responsible supply chain that has broken the link between palm oil production and the destruction of forests and peatlands, the exploitation of communities and workers, and climate change."
POIG was recently recognized by the European Parliament as a strong standard for responsible palm oil production.
To learn more about POIG, visit www.poig.org