Palm Communications Working Group
Through our Roundtable on Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil, Efeca has established a Palm Oil Communications Working Group to provide clear and positive messaging around the multiple policies, commitments and initiatives on sustainable palm oil.
The desired aim of the group is to demonstrate UK leadership by working collectively across the supply chain, strengthening the narrative on sustainable palm oil and creating a consistent and aligned message of achieving 100% CSPO by 2020 and beyond – in line with the Amsterdam Declaration.
As the facilitator of the Communications Working Group, Efeca will act as the central point for sharing positive communications on behalf of the UK palm oil industry and roundtable, providing key sources of information and websites to visit to learn more about sustainable palm oil. The ‘Educational Resources’ section below offers links to relevant tools, information packs and learning resources.
For information on the UK Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative, go to National Initiatives and Platforms, and then Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative. Our Resources section includes briefing notes and annual progress reports for both sustainable palm oil and sustainable soya.
Efeca and the members of the Communications Working Group recognise the crucial role that education can play in developing awareness of the importance of sustainable production of palm oil. A greater level of understanding of the issues surrounding palm oil can help to catalyse demand for sustainable production that benefits both people and the environment.
Below are some examples of tools and information sources designed for educational purposes.
Chester Zoo, as the leader of the campaign to make Chester the world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City, hosts an accessible and varied online learning resource platform. Its tools and features include:
- Posters and infographics on palm oil history, facts and supply chains
- Educational activities and videos for students, such as a sustainable palm oil shopping list and an informative rap music video
- Resources for teachers, for example the Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge Teacher’s Pack which covers all aspects of the school curriculum
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit that unites stakeholders from the global palm oil industry to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil. The RSPO Sustainable Palm Oil Toolkit for Kids includes:
- An educational booklet about palm oil and sustainability
- A palm oil supply chain activity
- A downloadable colouring book featuring wildlife from oil palm producing countries
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is a global non-governmental organisation working to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and nature. Through its website and school resources platform, WWF offers resources such as:
- A web page about palm oil and the importance of its sustainable production
- The Food for Thought pack – aimed at teachers of 7 – 11 year olds, this is designed to help introduce pupils to the issues of food and sustainability, including those surrounding palm oil production
The European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA) is a business initiative of palm oil refiners and producers pushing for sustainable palm oil market transformation. EPOA resources include:
- The EPOA Academy, which provides free e-learning modules about palm oil
- Infographics such as the Palm Oil Story and Say Yes to Sustainable Palm Oil
- Information about the Sustainable Palm Oil Choice (SPOC) – a movement for 100% certified sustainable palm oil in Europe aiming to increase market acceptance
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. Visit their website for: