Today, Friday 12 February 2016, the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI - Gabungan Pengusaha Kelapa Sawit Indonesia) became a full member of the European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA). Indonesia and Malaysia together supply 85% of the palm oil used globally. Welcoming the Indonesian palm oil producers as a member of EPOA is an important step to rebalance the debate on palm oil in Europe and towards a fully sustainable palm oil supply chain in Europe by 2020.
GAPKI is an organization of oil palm growers and palm oil producers in Indonesia. GAPKI has 654 members of which the oil palm area covers around 3.66 million hectares or more than 33% of the Indonesian oil palm plantation area.
Together with the other EPOA members: the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), MVO - the Netherlands Oil and Fats Industry and the palm oil refiners Cargill, IOI Loders Croklaan, Sime Darby, Unigra and Wilmar, GAPKI has now also committed to EPOA’s objective to create a science based and balanced view on the nutritional and sustainability aspects of palm oil in Europe, and to facilitate and support national industry alliances and increase the uptake of sustainable palm oil in Europe.