Dutch palm oil sector frontrunner in sustainability

Posted on: October 18, 2018

17 October 2018, Mrs. Carola Schouten, Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, informed also on behalf of the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the second chamber of the Dutch Parliament about the results of the Sustainable Agro Raw Materials Monitor as drawn up by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). This monitor provides insight into the share certified sustainable palm oil, soya, coffee and cocoa in the Netherlands in 2016.The monitor shows that in the Netherlands the sustainability target, aimed at importing 100% sustainable palm oil is almost reached. “The palm oil sector runs both in her ambitions and commitments as compliance for other sectors”, the Minister writes.

In 2016 the Dutch food industry used 90% RSPO certified palm oil. For the share used on the Dutch market, the percentage was 100%.

The Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil established in 2016, continues the sustainability commitment that was completed in 2015. The alliance also aims to stimulate the further growth of the share of physically as sustainably certified palm oil and aims at further strengthening of standards for sustainably produced palm oil.

In addition, the DASPO is one of the national initiatives under the ESPO (European Sustainable Palm Oil) project. The ESPO target is 100% sustainable palm oil in Europe by 2020. ESPO reported at the end of last year that, in 2016, 69% of the palm oil imported into Europe for food was certified sustainable. The sector is therefore also in Europe well on the way towards its objectives.

“Monitoring the national and international progress on the sustainability objectives and the elimination of deforestation in production of agricultural raw materials remains as important as ever", the minister states ”industry, social organizations and government, each from their own specific role and responsibility, work together to realize this goal.” Based on the achieved results and progress, the minister concludes that the approach, whereby the business community takes the initiative and the government where necessary supports, leads to progress.

For the full the letter (in Dutch) click here.