MVO encourages companies to produce and trade in a sustainable way. MVO acts as a knowledge centre in the field of sustainable sourcing and initiates developments within and for the sector. Two international multistakeholder initiatives are crucial for the sustainable supply of raw materials to the Dutch oils and fats sector. These are:
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
In 2003 the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established to deal with issues related to the sustainability of palm oil production. It was initiated by Unilever, WWF and Malaysian Palm Oil producers. Since then numerous companies have become a member of the organisation and received supply chain certification. A complete overview of the members can be found on www.rspo.org. MVO is also a member of the RSPO. Certified sustainable palm oil is available since 2008, and uptake in the market was approximately 52% in 2012. To increase the uptake, MVO initiated the Dutch Task Force Sustainable Palm Oil. Examples of other National Initiatives are:
France: Alliance Française pour une huile de palme durable: www.huiledepalmedurable.org
Belgium: Belgian Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil: www.sustainablepalm.be
Germany: Das Forum Nachhaltiges Palmöl: http://www.forumpalmoel.org
The Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS)
The Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) was formally established as an organisation in 2006 by Unilever, WWF and Brazilian oilseed crushers. The RTRS's primary goal is to create a more responsible soy production. In May 2009 Principles and Criteria for more responsible soy production were established.
MVO closely follows all developments within the RTRS and informs relevant stakeholders thereof.