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The goal is to improve farmer livelihoods and their sustainable production of palm oil and palm kernel oil, through continuous education and technical support on implementing and maintaining sustainable palm oil practices.
The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) has partnered with
BASF, international development NGO Solidaridad and the
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
on a three-year project to promote sustainable palm oil and palm derivatives
production in the district of Way Kanan, Lampung, Indonesia.
The goal of the project is to improve farmer livelihoods and their sustainable
production of palm oil and palm kernel oil, through continuous education and
technical support on implementing and maintaining sustainable palm oil
practices. The project partners are collaborating with local Indonesian
organizations to foster a sustainable palm oil production supply chain in
Lampung that is free from
and competitive in the global market, while increasing the social and economic
benefits for farmers — with a target of a minimum of one-third of the supported
smallholder farmers become certified according to the Smallholder Standard
of RSPO at the end of three years.
The Project also seeks to improve communication and support the development of
market linkages between farms and mills, as well as provide long-term technical
support for these new tools after formal training has ended. Solidaridad
projects that with more sustainable practices in place, harvest yields will
improve and the local farmers will have greater ability to sell collectively. It
is expected that farmer organizations that support compliance with the
Smallholder Standard of RSPO and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) will
further strengthen the practices and economies of local farms, and will ensure
the region’s supply is responsibly sourced, helping to ensure that sustainable
practices are the industry standard.
“Most major European companies have committed to using sustainable palm oil
exclusively," said Heske Verburg, Managing Director of Solidaridad Europe.
"We are delighted that BASF and The Estée Lauder Companies are reaching beyond
just purchasing sustainably, by providing direct support for sustainable palm
oil projects. When palm oil is produced sustainably, and in a future-proof
manner, it can actually contribute to resolving grave issues for both farmers
and the environment.”
While ELC is a relatively small consumer of palm oil globally, 40 percent of the
palm and palm kernel oil consumed globally across industries is supplied by
farms like those participating in this initiative. The company says it hopes
improving farming practices and facilitating dialogue among all parties involved
in its production will help protect and provide opportunities to the farmers;
and, by extension, to their families, communities, the environment and industry
as a whole.
“We are thrilled to partner with BASF and Solidaridad on this important
initiative to support Indonesian smallholder farmers,” said Greg Polcer, EVP
of Global Supply Chain at ELC. “So many livelihoods in this community are
inextricably tied to the production and we support ensuring that it is produced
sustainably — both for the long-term benefit to the environment and for the
long-term benefit to the community itself.”
“Approximately 40 percent of the world palm production comes from smallholder
farmers who rely on it for their livelihoods,” said Daniele Piergentili, VP
of Home and Personal Care at BASF in North America. “The partnership with Estée
Lauder, Solidaridad and RSPO enables us to support these farmers and at the same
time increase the availability of sustainably produced palm oil.”
"For sustainable production to become mainstream and fully inclusive, the RSPO
believes it is imperative to support smallholders through a variety of different
approaches, including the RSPO Smallholder Support Fund (RSSF),” said Ashwin
Selvaraj, Head of Smallholder Unit in the RSPO Secretariat. “This
collaborative project in Lampung is a great opportunity to scale up sustainable
practices, protect natural resources and bring more smallholders under
certification through RSPO Best Management Practices.”
Published May 23, 2019 11am EDT / 8am PDT / 4pm BST / 5pm CEST