Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Indonesia, the largest palm oil grower, said it will start in January assessment of producers seeking sustainability certification and plans to certify most of the nation’s output under its own standards by 2014.
“There are 20 companies ready for the assessment,” said Rosediana Suharto, chairwoman of the Indonesia Palm Oil Commission. “The Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil certification will be very important for all Indonesian producers as buyers have demanded all production to be sustainable by 2015.”
The Indonesian Palm Oil Association, a Jakarta-based industry group, officially withdrew its membership from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil on Sept. 29. The roundtable comprises of growers, processors, traders, consumer-goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, and environmental and non-governmental organizations involved in setting global standards for the tropical oil.
Demand for palm oil from sustainable sources has doubled in the past year as more consumers chose products made in an environmentally and socially responsible way, Darrel Webber, Secretary-General of the roundtable, said in June.
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