The Netherlands signs first bilateral agreement on sustainable palm oil from Colombia

Posted on: December 03, 2018

Intention Statement is outcome of Roundtable on sustainable palm oil with Dutch minister of Agriculture Schouten in Bogota.

The Colombian National Federation of Oil Palm Growers (Fedepalma), Solidaridad, IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative and MVO - The Netherlands Oils and Fats Industry, have signed an intention statement to improve sustainable practices in Colombian palm oil industry. The Statement includes commitments from Colombian sector on zero deforestation and answers the existing commitments for certified sustainable palm oil in Europe.

The Statement was signed during the Roundtable meeting on sustainable palm oil in Bogota on 28th of November. The Roundtable was hosted by the Minister of Agriculture of The Netherlands, Carola Schouten and the Vice Minister for Agriculture of Colombia Marcella Urena, and attended by Colombian and Dutch industry and civil society organizations, including MVO.

Colombia is the fourth biggest producer of palm oil in the world and the first in the Americas. The Netherlands is the largest palm oil importer in Europe; the destination of around 70% of the Colombian palm oil exports.

As part of the Statement MVO will contribute to an annual monitoring report by sharing data on the use of CSPO in the Netherlands and activities on sustainable palm oil of relevant MVO members active in Colombia.

For more information please see the website of Solidaridad.

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