TO AN IN PERSON RT2022
This year’s theme, “Scaling up the sustainable palm oil value chain through collective action,” rallies the support and action of all actors in the palm oil value chain to move towards a more sustainable system. Together we will squarely examine the current challenges of our industry, compounded by an intersection of global crises - from the threat of food insecurity, a worldwide economic slowdown, the ongoing war in Ukraine and disrupted agricultural supply chains. Hovering above this is the climate crisis which is no longer a remote prospect, but a reality we are experiencing today.
Unlocking the potential for stronger partnerships from plantation to market to financing is essential if we are to create a smarter and more adaptive sustainable palm oil supply chain. As we drive a review of our standards, it is imperative that no one - particularly smallholders - is left behind and that everyone has an opportunity to play their essential role in meeting the demands and sustainability requirements of a global market.
Here’s to a successful RT2022! Joseph (JD) D’Cruz
Chief Executive Officer, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)