FELDA has been an active member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 18 October 2004.

The RSPO is an international initiative to promote the production and use of palm oil through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. In the process, RSPO has produced the most comprehensive guidelines for ethical and sustainable practices for the production of palm oil. This includes preserving natural environment while enabling reasonable growth to support local populations.

The RSPO was initiated by WWF supported by an informal co-operation among Aarhus United UK Ltd, Golden Hope Plantations Berhad, Migros, Malaysian Palm Oil Association, Sainsbury's and Unilever together with WWF in 2002. These organisations constituted themselves as an Organising Committee to organise the first Roundtable meeting and to prepare the foundation for the organisational and governance structure for the formation of the RSPO.

On 8 April 2004, the RSPO was formally established under Article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code with a governance structure that ensures fair representation of all stakeholders throughout the entire supply chain. The seat of the association is in Zurich, Switzerland, the Secretariat is based in Kuala Lumpur with a RSPO Liaison office in Jakarta.

FELDA was among the earliest organisations to come forward in support of this initiative. It continues to be involved in the RSPO through its representation on RSPO's 16-member Executive Board and active participation in various committees and task forces. We were amongst the first few organisations to test the standard for sustainable palm oil production (called Principle and Criteria for palm oil production) and became the first organisation in the world to receive the accolade in its category.

Keynotes

> We will continue FELDA's efforts to ensure sustainable practices are carried out in all its initiatives

> We believe that sustainable practices are key to our continued success

> Our commitment to the environment guides our operations, and is put into action in our sustainable practices

> We are committed to minimise environmental impact by pioneering new sustainable farming methodologies and using renewable raw materials

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