India's National Palm Oil Sustainability Framework Launched. Solidaridad in association with SEA have crafted the framework
|Dignitaries launching the IPOS Framework, Solidaridad|
Solidaridad Network, renowned global sustainability organisation, in association with The Solvent Extractors' Association of India (SEA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Indian Palm Oil Sustainability (IPOS) Framework.
The Indian Palm Oil Sustainability (IPOS) Framework was launched in the Annual General Meeting of The Solvent Extractors' Association of India (SEA) held on 13– Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC), Government of Malaysia; Mr. Joyo Supriyono, Chairman of GAPKI, Indonesian Palm Oil Association who graced the occasion by participation at the launch of the IPOS framework.
The Indian Palm Oil Sustainability Framework (IPOS) are a set of environmental and social criteria applicable in Indian conditions to produce and trade in sustainable palm oil. The framework is jointly developed by The Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA), Solidaridad and Society for Promotion of Oil Palm Research and Development under the Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research (IIOPR) of Indian Government in consultation with key Indian stakeholders across the country. The IPOS framework will be governed by the multi-stakeholder national platform for sustainable palm oil and will have its secretariat managed from the office of the Solvent Extractors’ of India in Mumbai. Solidaridad team would support its implementation in India and across Asia.
The IPOS framework contains principles and standard practices which are economically viable, environmentally appropriate and socially beneficial and are aligned with national and international legislation and applicable regulations. IPOS would improve sustainability practices of supply chain stakeholders and also assist them in achieving compliance with applicable national and international regulations as well as voluntary codes. It would also potentially create harmonisation with other national initiatives undertaken for sustainability in the palm oil sector in other Asian countries.
Madam Musdhalifah Machmud – Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Republic of Indonesia shared through email: “National sustainability framework is becoming a global need to achieve sustainability in vegetable oil production and trade including palm oil in the long run. This has been shown by India which launched India Palm Oil Sustainability (IPOS) Framework today. Indonesian Government welcomes the IPOS Framework and looks forward to working with Indian palm oil industry to make IPOS a more effective and efficient system and future cooperation between IPOS and ISPO framework.”
Dr. Shatadru Chattopadhyay, Managing Director, Solidaridad Network Asia mentioned, “The IPOS framework that we have jointly developed with SEA will provide Indian palm oil industry with an economically viable sustainability model that is suited to Indian market realities. The implementation of IPOS framework is expected to create better farm management, improved productivity, better environmental performance and improved working conditions at the production sites. The early results coming out of our pilot site in Andhra Pradesh where IPOS framework is implemented by Solidaridad is encouraging. We are committed to work with Indian palm oil extraction industry and Indian Government to get IPOS recognized by different stakeholders across the world as an effective sustainability framework”.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Atul Chaturvedi, President of Solvent Extractors’ Association of India shared that, “The IPOS framework is created by the Indian palm oil industry, for the Indian palm oil industry and owned by Indian palm oil stakeholders. The IPOS programme would facilitate the Indian palm oil industry to be ready for facing future customer demands, safeguard the competitiveness of the Indian palm oil industry, improve relationships and loyalty in the supply chain within and outside the country and position India as one of the global leaders in sustainable production and trade in palm oil”.
Dr. B V Mehta, Executive Director, Solvent Extractors’ Association of India, SEA, mentioned “Indian Palm Oil Sustainability (IPOS) framework would pave the way towards promoting sustainable production and trade along with improvement in the social, economic and environmental performances of Palm Oil sector. I am confident that the IPOS would bring out the strengths and address the existing gaps towards improving sustainability, enhancing credibility, income of farmers and foster the performance of Solvent Extraction Industry and edible oil security for the country.”
IPOS would focus on the following:
- One unified sustainability framework tailor-made for the Indian palm oil industry
- Support farmers with better farm management
- Improve productivity of smallholder farmers
- Enable better environmental performance
- Improved working conditions at the production sites
- Align with other national sustainability standards in the world using IPOS as the benchmark
Solidaridad is world's oldest sustainability organisation with almost 50 years of experience in facilitating the development with socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains in 14 agro-commodities and industrial minerals across 54 countries. In Asia, Solidaridad has headquarters in Hong Kong and works from its 14 offices in India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. It helps smallholders to become organised, increase their productivity, use better production practices, access working capital and investment finance, and improve their livelihoods. Solidaridad also does match making between well-performing smallholders and buyers and assist them to be compliant with the sourcing policy of the buyers.
About The Solvent Extractor’s’ Association of India (SEA)
The Solvent Extractor’s’ Association of India (SEA) having it registered office at 142, Jolly Maker Chambers No 2, 14th Floor, 225, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400121, (India) was established in 1963 to help and foster the development and growth of the solvent extraction industry in India. Over the years, the association of Vegetable Oil Industry and Trade in India. The Association is recognized as a “Non-Government Organisation” (NGO) by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India and also as the “Trade Promotion Organization” (TPO) by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India for exports of various oil meals, compound feed, minor oils of tree & forest origin and edible oils and oilseeds. The Association’s present strength is over 850 members including solvent extraction plants, oil mills, vegetable oil refineries; compound feed manufacturers, importers & exporters of vegetable oils and oil meals and providers of various services to the industry.