Perpetua “Pep” George has a career spanning work in forest conservation, sustainable production consulting, the FMCG industry, and oil palm plantations. Previously working for Unilever, Proforest, and WWF – she is currently the Assistant General Manager for Group Sustainability in Wilmar International.
Her current responsibilities cover the implementation of sustainable practices in Wilmar’s plantation operations and spearheading the sustainable smallholder transformation. She is also involved in wider engagement with stakeholders within the partnerships and initiatives that Wilmar belong too such as the HCS Convergence working group, the Tropical Forest Alliance, and the Sabah Jurisdictional Approach Steering Committee. She is an active participant in various RSPO work streams, where she currently co-chairs the Smallholder Working Group, and the FFB Legality and Traceability Task Force. She is also the chair for the RSPO Smallholder Support Fund Panel.
Pep holds an MSc in botany and anthropology, and her research expertise is in the natural resource use of local communities – focussing on how land and different forest types are valued amongst the indigenous communities of Sabah.