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Knowledge Sharing Workshop for Sustainability in the Palm Oil Sector

The global palm oil industry has seen significant change in the last few years as increasing numbers of growers, traders, refiners, and consumer goods companies have adopted sustainability policies. This drive toward more sustainable practices and responsible sourcing policies is due mainly to the combined efforts of NGOs and other stakeholders.
 
Despite these advances, forest continues to be cleared for oil palm plantations, often without the full consent of people living nearby. Rather than embracing full sustainability, some companies have responded by trying to hide plantations that do not comply with industry standards, or seek to acquire land in areas where there is little governance or oversight. If the move toward sustainability is to progress, NGOs and other stakeholders must continue to work together and develop suitable strategies.
 
Since 2013, Chain Reaction Research (CRR) has been conducting research on all aspects of the industry. It has identified key banks that finance plantations in South East Asia, highlighted cases of deforestation that contravenes the policies of traders and downstream companies, monitored companies to ensure compliance with their NDPE (no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation) policies, and identified areas of the market not covered by NDPE policies and where palm oil growers linked with deforestation can still find buyers.
Chain Reaction Research will present the results of its research at a knowledge sharing workshop with other Packard grantees and selected NGOs working for a sustainable palm oil sector in Indonesia. Participants will discuss the most pressing challenges locally and globally. The aim is to bridge the work of local NGOs and international NGOs, develop collaborative relationships, and identify priority areas for research, campaigning, or investigative work.
 
The workshop will be held on 7 and 8 November 2018 in Bogor, Indonesia.
 
For more information, please contact Fenneke Brascamp.