Malaysian Palm Oil Boss Demands Fair Treatment

Malaysian Palm Oil Boss Demands Fair Treatment

Malaysian Palm Oil Council CEO Datuk Dr. Kalyana Sundram | #Malaysian Palm Oil Council CEO Datuk Dr. Kalyana Sundram | has asked for and demanded “equal treatment,” citing concerns that the palm oil industry has been subject to double standards: singled out for censure while other vegetable oils, he claims, have received far less scrutiny.
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Palm Oil Strictly Scrutinized, Says CEO
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“Palm oil is the most consumed among the 17 edible oils in the world,” Sundram said, “[but] oil palm cultivation is heavily scrutinized and subjecting to ever increasingly stricter and often ‘discriminating’ sustainability criteria.”
Sundram says that palm oil “is the first oil crop in the world with a sustainable certification scheme, [but continuous changes in sustainability criteria] is turning this into a major challenge instead.”
According to Sundram, palm oil is subject to rigorous sustainability criteria, but other oils are spared such rigorous scrutiny: “For example, EU cultivation of rapeseed and sunflower are not similarly and stringently certified [but] they get away with far more.”
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Palm Oil and Deforestation
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Palm oil is often linked to deforestation, especially in Malaysia and Indonesia. Here, Sundram claims that palm oil contributes to only 2.3% of global deforestation, and 59% of palm oil companies “have at least one commitment to deforestation.”
Sundram says this compares favorably to other industries, such as soy and cattle, with 21% and 12% respectively having at least one commitment to deforestation.
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Palm Oil and Slavery
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Palm oil has drawn a great deal of scrutiny for environmental and social reasons. Recently, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) blocked the import of palm oil from Malaysian producer FGV Holdings | Learn more on Commonshare |, citing revelations of forced labor, "restriction of movement, isolation, physical and sexual violence, intimidation and threats, retention of identity documents, withholding of wages, debt bondage, abusive working and living conditions, and excessive overtime."
And an Associated Press investigation unearthed stories of labor exploitation, including slavery, child labor, and allegations of rape, associated with palm oil cultivation | Learn more on Commonshare | in both Malaysia and Indonesia.
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Malaysian Palm Oil Council CEO Datuk Dr. Kalyana Sundram | https://www.foodnavigator-asia.com/Article/2020/10/06/We-demand-equality-Malaysian-palm-oil-boss-calls-for-sector-s-fair-treatment-alongside-other-edible-oils |: The palm oil sector is demanding fair and equal treatment after years of being subjected to ‘unjust’ treatment and criticism, despite ‘doing more for sustainability’ compared to other edible oils in the industry. (source from foodnavigatorasia website)        

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