The POIG (Palm Oil Innovation Group) released a set of indicators to improve performance against the POIG Charter released in November 2013. The document is based on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) principles and criteria and reinforces and improves issues which haven’t advanced. According to the Group, there are themes that need a sharper focus, such as deforestation, carbon stocks, biodiversity and social relations, prior and informed consent to plantations in indigenous and other traditional peoples' areas, greenhouse gas emissions, and so on.
Agropalma is a founding member of POIG and produces deforestation-free palm oil.
On June 28, 2013, at the Tropical Forest Alliance meeting, held in Jakarta, Indonesia, the POIG - Palm Oil Innovation Group – was launched. The Group is composed of International NGOs and some palm producing companies recognized as innovative leaders in socio-environmental issues within the industry. Namely, the NGOs Greenpeace, WWF, RAN - Rainforest Action Network, FPP - Forest People and companies, such as Agropalma (Brazil), Daabon (Colombia) and New Britain Palm Oil (Papua and New Guinea).
The Group's purpose is to demonstrate, through actions, new models and paradigms for the sustainable palm oil production. Reinforcing and improving the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) principles and criteria. Some points to be highlighted are:
1 - Environmental Responsibility
1.1 - Breaking the link between Palm Oil Expansion and Deforestation: Forest protection through conserving and restoring High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas;
1.2 - No peat clearance and maintenance of peat lands;
1.3 - Greenhouse gas (GHG) Accountability;
1.4 - Pesticides use minimization;
1.5 - Chemical fertilizer;
1.6 - GMOs prohibition;
1.7 - Water accountability;
1.8 - and conserve wildlife.
2 - Partnerships with Communities
2.1 - Comprehensive Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of indigenous peoples and local communities;
2.2 - Food Security;
2.3 - Effective Conflict resolution;
2.4 - Social Conditions;
2.5 - Workers Rights;
2.6 - Support Palm Oil Small Holders.
3 - Corporate and Product Integrity
3.1 - Transparency and Corruption;
3.2 - Traceability and Segregation;
3.3 - Report on Social, Labour and Environmental Performance;
3.4 - RSPO Certification and Company Operations.