Due to the growing use of palm oil which contributes to the clearing of tropical forests, the WWF launched the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2004. The members are involved in the production of palm oil or affected by it in various ways: palm oil growers, traders, consumer goods manufacturers, banks and non-governmental organizations such as the WWF and Oxfam.
The objective of the roundtable is to get as many members as possible to comply with the minimum standards.
The Emsland Group is committed to this approach and has taken the first major step with the RSPO certification. When processing sustainable raw materials, one of the Emsland Group's fundamental concerns is to develop solutions in harmony with nature in line with the motto "using nature to create".
The RSPO indicates that more is being done on the plantations voluntarily for nature conservation and human rights than is required by law. This may not sound like much, but in developing and emerging countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia it is an important first step.
This is also a major concern of the Emsland Group, which has had close collaboration with agencies and decades of customer contacts in these countries.
Membership is a requirement to become certified in accordance with RSPO standards and was first applied for in 2014 by Emsland-Stärke GmbH and approved in June 2014.
The certificate has now been issued and can be found in the area of quality management.