In June 2012, members of the United Nations reconfirmed the UN consensus on sustainable development which was adopted at the Rio Earth Summit 20 years ago. It stipulates that action to ensure sustainability should go hand in hand with action to raise living standards.
A campaign to require smallholders to be certified as RSPO-compliant breaches that consensus. It elevates environmental outcomes over economic outcomes, undermining national strategies to raise living standards. It also requires producers to disregard national policies set by governments.
It is being run by large ENGOs, in particular WWF; and prominent food retailers who have a commercial stake in reducing the attractiveness of palm oil in food processing. Continue reading