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Latin American members reach 1.5 million tonnes milestone

The RSPO Secretariat would like to congratulate our Latin American members for reaching 1.5 million metric tonnes (MT) of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). This milestone was reached this February, as four new grower companies received certification and pushed for the last 160,000 MT of CSPO into the region’s certified output. 

The 1.5 million MT milestone comes from 31 certified growers in the region from Colombia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Mexico with a total of over 420,500 hectares of certified land. This places 30% of the region’s palm oil as RSPO certified, making it the fastest growing region in terms of certification.

This great milestone is also achieved through the hard work of schemed smallholders in the region. A total of 17% of the Latin America CSPO now comes from schemed smallholders in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Honduras where more than 101,000 hectares are RSPO certified. In turn we would like to recognise the great effort of these smallholders and also the companies that have accompanied them and included them in their certification process.

“Latin America has once again achieved a new milestone in sustainable palm oil production globally, by reaching 1.5 million tonnes, which is equivalent to about 30% of its total crude palm oil production. I wish to congratulate all the growers, civil society, and other stakeholders in the palm oil supply chain in the region for making this important achievement possible, and for their commitment to the shared responsibility criteria,” RSPO Technical Director, Francisco Naranjo, comments.

Once again, we are certain that RSPO members will use this milestone as a big stride towards reaching 50% CSPO in Latin America and continue the rapid growth of certification in the region.

To build on the momentum in Latin America, RSPO will be hosting a virtual ‘RT Series’ to discuss ‘Sustainable Growth in Latin America’ on Tuesday 23 March 2021, at 9:00 am (ECT). 

We invite our members and stakeholders to join us for an interactive discussion with our expert panellists comprising Maria Goretti from Solidaridad, Julio Morales from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Jose Luis Perez from Femexpalma, and Jose Roberto Montenegro from AgroAmerica. 

Register for this dialogue session today at the RT Series 2021 website!