Cargill palm plant certified sustainable

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JAKARTA, INDONESIA — The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (R.S.P.O.) has certified PT Hindoli in Sumatra with its Certificate of Conformance to R.S.P.O. Principles and Criteria. PT Hindoli is Cargill’s first palm plantation to be certified sustainable and one of the first in Indonesia to achieve the distinction.

The R.S.P.O. defines sustainable palm oil production as "comprised of legal, economically viable, environmentally appropriate and socially beneficial management and operations."

"Receiving our R.S.P.O. certification is a landmark achievement in our continuous effort to have all Cargill-invested oil palm plantations R.S.P.O. certified," said Richard Tan, chief executive officer, CTP Holdings Pte. Ltd., which is Cargill’s oil palm joint venture company. "We are continuing through this year to work toward certification for all our palm plantations, and we hope to receive all R.S.P.O. certifications as quickly as possible."

Cargill owns and operates five palm plantations — two in Indonesia and three in Papua New Guinea — as well as 12 palm oil refineries around the world.

The R.S.P.O.’s executive board includes officers from palm oil growers, processors and traders; consumer goods manufacturers; retailers; banks and investors; environmental and nature conservation groups; and social and development groups. Jan Kees Vis, Sustainable Agriculture Director, Foods, for Unilever, is president of the R.S.P.O. Unilever in May 2008 announced plans to have all of its palm oil certified sustainable by 2015.

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