The following opinion piece by World Growth chairman Alan Oxley appeared in the Business Times on April 25.
THE Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the world’s wealthiest international environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Its total global spending is close to US$500 million a year.
But it has blind spot, a big one. Eradication of poverty is not a priority for WWF.
In fact, the NGO’s strategies to protect the environment hinder efforts to combat poverty. This will be clear this week when the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) meets here for an extraordinary session to insert WWF’s anti-development agenda into a revision of the RSPO standard.