Chinese delegation to Indonesia signals growing demand for certified sustainable palm oil

02 December 2016

During the week of 21 to 25 November, Solidaridad led a Chinese delegation of palm oil buyers, accounting for 80% of China’s total palm oil imports, to Indonesia to better understand the efforts being made to achieve sustainable palm oil production. With demands from downstream clients, China’s major buyers have already begun to purchase Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO).

The China delegation included participants from COFCO, Fangshun Group, Julong Group, Sinograin and Wilmar China, as part of the China Sustainable Palm Oil Working Group (POWG) that was launched at the end of 2015. Over 60% of China’s total palm oil imports come from Indonesia, which is expected to increase in the coming years. With Indonesia as the world’s largest producer of palm oil and China as a major importer of palm oil, it is critical to strengthen the trade cooperation of the two countries, to achieve a balance between sustainability and economic development.

Thanks to the previous efforts by multiple international civil society organizations, Chinese buyers today are making initial progress in moving towards sustainable procurement. Four out of the five companies have already secured RSPO membership and at least two have already begun to purchase Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO).