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Financiers invest in and lend money to palm oil companies. They are involved at every stage of the supply chain, from investment in the development of a plantation to holding shares in large manufacturers and retailers. Investors and banks have begun to invest heavily in agricultural land and can therefore push for best practice via responsible investment standards and limiting their financial services to certified sustainable companies.
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Major trade flows of palm oil by WWF (2011)

Major trade flows of palm oil by WWF (2011)

Commodity brokers buys or sells contracts, such as financial derivatives, options or futures, on behalf of clients and charges them a commission; commodity traders act for their own accounts. Both stakeholders play an influential role in the palm oil supply chain, maintaining price stability or volatility in the vegetable oil markets, balancing supply and demand as well as controlling the movement of palm oil and its derivatives internationally.
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