Letter to the Editor: Disguised Trade Barriers Harm Palm Oil Exports | WWF Malaysia

Letter to the Editor: Disguised Trade Barriers Harm Palm Oil Exports



Posted on 07 February 2014
Fresh oil palm fruit. WWF-Malaysia via the Sustainable Palm Oil programme is actively promoting best management practices to minimise impact on biodiversity and to avoid expansion into forested areas.
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We are writing in reference to the news report “Disguised trade barriers harm palm oil exports” by Ooi Tee Ching which was published on NST Online and the print copy, both on 4 February 2014.

We would like to categorically state that WWF was not involved in arranging the signing between Wilmar and Unilever to undertake "No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation" in their palm oil trades. It was an initiative by the individual organizations.

WWF, however, welcomes the move by Wilmar to publicly commit to progressive implementation of elements of the RSPO standards in all of its businesses and the move by Unilever to acknowledge that it can support transformation by buying from progressive growers.

We would like to reiterate that WWF is not anti-palm oil. We receive no funding from any source to be anti-palm oil or to promote alternative source of vegetable oil. WWF is not funded to promote EU policy. We receive some funding to contribute to EU policy-making processes and we are frequently on record in opposition to or seeking extensive changes to EU policy.

WWF promotes sustainably-sourced palm oil, soy and biofuel feedstock because these are the commodities where expansion is most threatening to sensitive environments and where climate change implications are most significant. We work with all stakeholders, including national government and producers to safeguard the environment, vital services provided by nature and sustainable livelihoods.

It is most regrettable that the news report featured WWF in the negative light due to misrepresentation of information.

Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma
Executive Director/CEO
WWF-Malaysia


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For more information:
Yeoh Lin Lin, Head of Communications, WWF-Malaysia
Tel: +603-78033772 Email: llyeoh@wwf.org.my
Fresh oil palm fruit. WWF-Malaysia via the Sustainable Palm Oil programme is actively promoting best management practices to minimise impact on biodiversity and to avoid expansion into forested areas.
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