Asia Sustainable Palm Oil Conference (ASPOC) 2023

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On October 5th, the Sustainability Division General Manager, Mr Nazlan Mohamad represented Sawit Kinabalu at The Asia Sustainable Palm Oil Conference (ASPOC) 2023 with the theme scaling up landscape approaches with smallholders in Singapore which was hosted by IDH, Proforest, and WWF. The objectives of the Conference were to showcase landscape approaches and how they help drive the inclusion of independent smallholders for sustainable palm oil production and develop a pathway to scale up landscape approaches and sustainable finance mechanisms for sector transformation.

The conference attracted over 100 participants and consisted of three engaging sessions:

The first panel delved into successful landscape approaches in Malaysia and Indonesia, showcasing best practices. It highlighted the perspective of independent smallholders. The panelists shared how it is essential to see things through the eyes of the smallholders, understanding that they are not just recipients of assistance but independent decision-makers is key.

The second session explored how large downstream palm oil buyers are reshaping their palm oil practices, adapting to sustainability imperatives.

The third panel unveiled WWF’s Regenerative Palm Oil Framework and highlighted the pivotal role that financial institutions can play. Collaborative efforts are crucial in aligning with global goals, biodiversity frameworks, natural capital valuation and for piloting solutions to build a sustainable palm oil industry. Mr Nazlan was one of the panels in the third session where he shares the Sustainability goals of Sawit Kinabalu.

Among others distinguished guest speakers from HSBC, MPOCC, Musim Mas, Rimba Collective, RSPO, Unilever, Wild Asia, WWF and a smallholder from Tawau, Sabah were also there to share their invaluable insights and experiences in promoting sustainable palm oil and related topics.

Working together for a more sustainable palm oil industry.

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