Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil
The goal of the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP) is to significantly increase the amount of sustainable palm oil, palm kernel oil and derivatives in the German market as soon as possible and to improve existing standards and certifications at the same time.
What is Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil doing to achieve its goal?
In order to achieve our goal, we are taking the following and other practical actions:
- All members made a public commitment to use 100% certified palm oil in their products and are already implementing this goal.
- An Annual review of the voluntary commitment based on an established monitoring system is performed and results are communicated transparently.
- Development of porposals to enhance and improve existing certification schemes.
- The certification systems recognised by FONAP do not yet meet all the desired standards. Therefore, FONAP members voluntarily defined add-on criteria.
- Creating transparency as to which certified products, derivatives and fractions are already available in segregated quality.
- Organisation of general meetings and events for members and the general public.
- Informing the public about certified palm oil and current developments in the palm oil market.
- Since July 2018, FONAP finances a smallholder project in Malaysia. On behalf of FONAP, several smallholders are testing the applicability of the add-on criteria developed by FONAP.
How does Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil work together in partnership to achieve its goal?
The Forum’s activities are managed and coordinated by the General Assembly and the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee was elected at the first General Assembly in November 2015 and comprises representatives of WWF, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and industry, i.e. Unilever, Kuchenmeister GmbH, Weleda and the REWE Group.
Working groups comprising volunteer representatives of the Forum’s members help to further its agenda.
How is Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil financed?
The Forum was established in September 2013 and has been a registered association since November 2015. GIZ was commissioned by the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR), acting on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), to host the Secretariat. Additional funding was made available from private sources.