We dedicate ourselves to create a supply chain that is not only climate-friendly, but also climate-proof. Over the coming years we will focus on the effects of climate change on the international supply of our raw materials. In addition, we will focus on raw materials that can be found in new (supplementary) sources, such as algae and insects. In this way we collaborate to creating a sustainable supply of oils and fats that meets the rising demand.
We are focusing on promoting the demand for and the production of sustainable palm oil and continue communicating on developments in this area in countries of origin, as well as in the European market. In the coming years the focus will be on improving and maintaining certification standards, explaining traceability as a tool for sustainability, including social topics (human rights, living wages and illegal practices). Furthermore we stimulate sustainability practices among small-holders.
We do this in various ways, for example through means of the following:
The DASPO (joint alliance involving MVO, VERNOF, FNLI, VBZ, IMACE-NL, Nevedi, AKSV, VAVI, CBL and IDH) is the successor of the Task Force on Sustainable Palm Oil. DASPO's ambition is to adhere to the goal of having 100% sustainable palm oil for the Dutch market. Over the coming years the emphasis will be on increasing physically certified sustainable palm oil and on improving the standards for sustainable palm oil. DASPO publishes an annual monitoring report. MVO is chairing the DASPO and provides the secretarial services. MVO is also the spokesperson for sustainable palm oil in the Netherlands.
MVO and IDH, the sustainable trade initiative, are the initiators of the ESPO project. The objective is to realise 100% sustainable palm oil in Europe by 2020. ESPO provides support to, and aligns between national initiatives working on sustainable palm oil in Europe. Furthermore, there are a number of actions to broaden political and governmental support for this approach within and outside Europe (for example, by increasing the number of Amsterdam Declaration signatories) and to gain support among social and environmental organisations for sustainable palm oil. At the same time this sends an important signal to markets like China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The image of palm oil in Europe is under severe pressure in the food industry, among retailers, politicians, the public and social organisations due to questions concerning sustainable production, as well as health aspects. EPOA is an initiative of European palm oil refiners and palm oil producers (Indonesia/Malaysia) and helps to create a balanced and objective debate about palm oil and promotes the production and use of sustainable palm oil in foods. EPOA closely works together with ESPOAG (European Sustainable Palm Oil Advocacy Group) in Brussels and various national palm oil initiatives to lobby the EC and EP. MVO is chair and secretary of EPOA.
The focus of the debate on creating a sustainable soy chain is primarily on the protein. The FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines were launched in 2015. Since then various private and company-specific standards for responsible soy have been accepted under these guidelines. In close consultation with the members, MVO worked together with the animal feed sector which is taking the lead in this. MVO will continue to support these FEFAC guidelines. We feel it is important that more (European) market parties start to adhere to these guidelines in their procurement rules. MVO is specifically monitoring the debate and the (currently rather limited) demand for responsible soy. MVO also supports the Brazilian Amazon Soy Moratorium. In addition, the growing attention for the local (European) production of soy and the associated opportunities are also being monitored and evaluated. Because this primarily is a soy meal debate, this is done is close collaboration with VERNOF.