MVO - the Netherlands Oils and Fats Industry , is active in helping to create a more sustainable supply of raw materials. In view of the major importance of the export of our products within Europe, we do not only focus on the Dutch market, but also monitor and stimulate sustainable development on the European market in general. In the coming years, we will also be working on enhancing the confidence of all stakeholders in our transparent sustainable chain and on the various certification schemes.

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.

Creating a more Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain

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:

Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil (DASPO)

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.

European Sustainable Palm Oil (ESPO)

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.

European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA)

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.

Creating a more Sustainable Soy Supply Chain

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.

Click here for the MVO Position EU plant protein strategy and circular agriculture. 

Last modified: August 12, 2019 12:06