The SPOTT scorecard follows research protocols in assessing 50 of the world’s largest palm oil producers using publicly available information on disclosure of their operations and their commitments to social and environmental best practice.

In addition to the company assessments and best practice advice, SPOTT contains links to hundreds of useful resources for researchers interested in the palm oil supply chain:

 

The SAFE project undertakes research on the impacts of palm oil and forest modification

The SAFE project undertakes research on the impacts of palm oil and forest modification

Academics undertake research on a variety of topics related to palm oil and its environmental impacts on biodiversity and the environment, as well as strategies to combat these issues, which may influence policymakers on their decisions. For example, The Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) project examines the ecological changes of forest modification from logging and conversion to oil palm plantations.
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KSI Sumatra High Conservation Value forest corridor in an Indonesian oil palm landscape © Calley Beamish

KSI Sumatra High Conservation Value forest corridor in an Indonesian oil palm landscape © Calley Beamish

Certification schemes provide palm oil companies with the opportunity to commit to sustainable practices and ensure the credibility of these commitments. Most schemes are founded on a set of principles to which all bodies certified under the scheme must adhere. These principles divide into subcategories, or ‘criteria’, with specific guidelines and reporting requirements. Palm oil can be certified under a number of different agricultural certification schemes.
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ZSL is working with palm oil companies to protect the critically endangered Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae)

ZSL is working with palm oil companies to protect the critically endangered Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae)

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) inform policy makers based on their experience in addressing social and environmental issues. NGO input can assist policy makers to identify knowledge gaps and weaknesses in existing systems, establish priorities for assessment, strengthen social and environmental policy safeguards, and build cooperation among different stakeholders. NGOs also work to raise awareness on palm oil issues, provide advice and training and participate actively in conservation.
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