RSPO’s fifth annual European Roundtable will take place at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in central London on 13 June. We will open for a series of workshops and training sessions on Monday 12 June. Places in Monday’s sessions are available on a pre-booked and first come, first serve basis.
Bringing together delegates from around the world, this year’s event calls for partnerships and innovation to help deliver the EU 2020 target for 100% sustainable palm oil and to continue a transformation of the palm oil market; helping to reduce deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions from palm oil production, while supporting livelihoods and economic development.
Find out who this year’s speakers are.
Opening on Monday 12 June, RSPO will hold a number of workshops and training sessions throughout the day. This is an opportunity for members to get up to speed with the new PalmTrace system, network with fellow members and contribute to the development of the RSPO Theory of Change. Make sure you’re pre-registered for your sessions.
The day will close with a drinks reception hosted by Croda in the RIBA’s impressive Florence Hall and adjacent roof terrace.
The registration desk will be open throughout the event.
The Guardian Sustainable Business team will be hosting a side event at the newspaper’s London headquarters in Kings Cross to debate the hot topic of consumers and palm oil. Do consumers understand the key issues around palm oil and sustainability? What are brands doing to inform and engage them on it? And how is this impacting the supply chain? If you’d like to join them, you can apply for a ticket on the Guardian’s palm oil debate section.
This is an interactive workshop to:
Lunch will be served in the Florence Hall.
This is a second chance to participate in the morning session.
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Dialogue on child rights in the palm oil sector with UNICEF.
Facilitators: Subajini Jayasekaran & Christopher Kip, UNICEF
Join the first ever interactive dialogue with the members of the Complaints Panel! RSPO will host its first interactive dialogue with members of the Complaints Panel. This session is a opportunity to gain insight and understanding of the RSPO Complaints mechanism and the related procedures. It will also create the space for direct responses from the members of the Complaints Panel on their experiences and commitment to ensure a constructive resolution to disputes. [Please Note: Active cases will not be discussed]
Please join Croda and the RSPO Secretariat in the Florence Hall and on the adjacent roof terrace for an evening reception of drinks and canapes.
Moderated by Eliza Anyangwe, day two of the European Roundtable will bring everyone together for a series of lively panel debates including; important updates on the P&C Review 2018, the zero deforestation challenge and human rights on palm oil plantations.
RSPO’s European Roundtable 2017 Keynote Address will be given by Dame Frances Cairncross.
Dame Cairncross is the Chair of Court for Heriot-Watt University, she is a former journalist for The Economist and was also their award winning Environmental editor between 1989 and 1994. She is also the former Rector of Exeter College Oxford.
With more than 40% of global palm oil production coming from smallholder farmers, bringing smallholders on board is key. This panel debate will explore how the RSPO can help facilitate partnerships between smallholders and supply chain members downstream as part of the new RSPO Smallholder Strategy. On the 12th General Assembly in 2015, RSPO adopted resolution 6F to develop a comprehensive Smallholder Strategy. The adoption by the membership means that RSPO should determine the role of all its stakeholders to support the development needs of smallholders and incentivise them in an inclusive manner to contribute to environmental, and social solutions and transformation within the palm oil sector.
Moderator: Perpetua George, Wilmar
Join the RSPO and exhibitors in the Florence Hall for refreshments.
Julie Girling MEP will give an EU policy keynote address as RSPO welcomes the decision by the European Parliament’s Committee for the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety to adopt the own-initiative report titled ‘Palm Oil and Deforestation of Rainforests’.
Demand for palm oil is causing large-scale deforestation, despite government pledges to tackle the challenge and many corporate pledges to achieve ‘zero deforestation’. As the world’s second-largest importer of palm oil, Europe has a significant role to play in reducing deforestation.
Businesses everywhere have a responsibility to respect human rights throughout its own operations and all of its business relationships throughout its value chain. The blueprint is to take a risk management approach which puts people as the focus. RSPO certification offers a level of assurance, but much needs to be done to manage the risks and respect the human rights of palm oil workers, their families and local communities. Speakers will discuss how we can work together to find and deliver effective solutions.
Presentation of the Principles & Criteria 2018 Review process with opportunity for Q&A and dialogue with the Task Force members.
Presentation from Bilge Daldeniz – Programme Director, Proforest
Refreshments will be served in the Florence Hall.
This session will discuss how innovation and collective action is used to deliver value and scale positive impacts in sustainability.
RSPO CEO Datuk Darrel Webber will officially close the fifth annual European Roundtable.
ZSL invites you to an evening drinks reception on palm oil in ZSL London Zoo’s Tiger Territory – just a short walk from the conference venue.
Register for a free place here.
A number of meetings are due to take place at the RIBA and Melia White House Hotel. These are invitation only. For further information please contact your RSPO Secretariat representative.