Palm Oil Resources

Palm oil is one of the most widely used ingredients in the world, and its production is driven by consumer demand for a broad range of products, including foodstuffs, cosmetics, cleaning products, and fuel.

Production of palm oil however can have serious negative environmental and social impacts. Millions of hectares of tropical rainforest have been destroyed in recent years – most notably in Malaysia and Indonesia, and more recently in West Africa – to make way for oil palm plantations.  This large-scale deforestation has huge implications for climate change as well as for many native species, including tigers and orangutans, which are being pushed closer to extinction as their habitat is destroyed and they come into increasing conflict with humans.  Palm oil production also causes social conflict when small farmers, local communities, and indigenous peoples lose the rights to their land. There have also been numerous reports of workers’ rights being violated by plantation owners.

BIAZA's Palm Oil Subgroup (part of the Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change Group) works to provide resources to help BIAZA members establish their own policy with regards to palm oil, and also to engage and inform the public on the issues involved.  They also aim to equip members with the skills and tools necessary to carry out their own auditing assessment to ensure that they support BIAZA's policy of using only sustainable palm oil and hosted a free one-day workshop on sustainable palm oil on 23 September 2015 at ZSL London Zoo.

If you would like to attend or have specific queries, contact the office:  [email protected].

Useful Resources and Weblinks

BIAZA Statement on Sustainable Palm Oil 2016
UK statement on Sustainable Palm Oil (Defra) 2012
Joint zoos statement on Sustainable Palm Oil 2013

General Palm Oil Resources

Central Point of Expertise of Timber (CPET's) Newsletters 
Zoological Society of London's Sustainable Palm Oil Platform
ZSL's Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit (SPOTT)
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
The Guardian - The Palm Oil Debate (and other useful articles and infographics)
The Rainforest Foundation UK’s palm oil product guide
WWF Palm Oil buyers’ scorecard

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