Palm oil group publishes new standards


The Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG), an international collective of palm oil growers and non-government organisations, has released new standards to verify that companies are producing the commodity without deforestation, peatland destruction, or the exploitation of communities and workers.

The group includes NGOs as Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and the Orangutan Land Trust, and consumer goods firms like Ferrero and Danone.

POIG’s verification indicators are stricter than the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) current certification requirements.

They are also the first set of indicators which have been tested out by major palm oil companies to prove to global brands that producing deforestation-free palm oil is both operationally possible and economically feasible, said the group, which was founded in 2013 to build on RSPO standards.