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RSPO should not become ‘elitist certification’


“They (smallholders) see the standards as being too demanding, too expensive and too difficult to reach,” said Bek-Nielsen, who is also the chief executive officer of United Plantations Bhd, at the closing of the RSPO 16th annual roundtable meeting recently.

“They (smallholders) see the standards as being too demanding, too expensive and too difficult to reach,” said Bek-Nielsen, who is also the chief executive officer of United Plantations Bhd, at the closing of the RSPO 16th annual roundtable meeting recently.

 KOTA KINABALU: The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) members have been urged against pursuing the strictest environmental and social standards on oil palm smallholders, or risk becoming an elitist certification.

RSPO co-chairman Datuk Carl Bek-Nielsen said that in pursuing high standards, there was a serious risk of eliminating 60% to 70% of the world’s palm oil producers, who will never be able to live up to the RSPO’s standards.

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