In palm oil producing countries, palm oil production and trade contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction. Oil palm fruits are harvested on both large-scale plantations and small-scale family farms. However, one of the biggest threats in those countries is unsustainable palm oil plantations which damage both the regional and global environment along with that of the indigenous wildlife.
Sustainable palm oil products and the RSPO
In 2008, members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) developed a set of environmental and social criteria member companies must comply with to produce RSPO certified sustainable palm oil.
These criteria ensure that adverse effects are minimised and ultimately will be eradicated.
One of the most important RSPO criteria states that no primary forests or areas which contain significant concentrations of biodiversity (e.g. endangered species), fragile ecosystems, or areas which are fundamental to meeting basic or traditional cultural needs of local communities (high conservation value areas), can be cleared.
Other RSPO principles stipulate a significantly reduced use of pesticides and fires, fair treatment of workers according to local and international labour rights standards, and the need to inform and consult with local communities before the development of new plantations on their land. You can learn more about RSPO’s Principles and Criteria here.
Only with RSPO certification from an independent auditor can producers claim that they produce, use and sell sustainable palm oil.
FRYMAX® and fully segregated RSPO certified palm oil.
Since 2013, Frymax® has been made from fully segregated, RSPO certified sustainable palm fruit oil. Fully segregated means that Frymax® oil is not mixed with non-certified palm fruit oil and is guaranteed 100% segregated. Olenex and ADM support the global sustainability movement and are both proud members of the RSPO.
The Olenex Palm Supply Chain Policy
In addition to RSPO certification, FRYMAX® is also subject to the Olenex Palm Supply Chain Policy. It requires FRYMAX® palm fruit oil producers to respect three core sustainability principles:
No deforestation of high carbon stock forests and high conservation value areas
No development on peatlands, regardless of depth
No exploitation of people and local communities
¹ WISSH – WIlmar Smallholder Support Honduras
² WISCo – WIlmar small grower Support Colombia
Friends of Sustainable Palm Oil from LATAM
Frymax is pleased to be part of Project Mariposa as ‘Friends of sustainable palm oil from Latin America.’
Frymax and Chester Zoo
Frymax is pleased and extremely proud to support Chester Zoo and their various partners from field projects and zoo associations such as BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) to other zoos and conservation organisations.
Chester Zoo is working together with these partners and local communities in Malaysia and Indonesia to protect wildlife and to rebuild and enhance forest habitats. This work will enable the indigenous animals, including the majestic orangutan, to thrive. They also continue to influence many sectors in the palm oil supply chain and promote the use of sustainable palm oil.
Chester Zoo has launched their Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge celebrating the companies who are already committed to 100% Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified sustainable palm oil, which Frymax is proud to be part of. The challenge supports those who want to be sustainable and makes it easier for people to choose sustainable palm oil products.