AOMG members are ready to supply oleochemicals made from RSPO certified sustainable palm oil

Category: News Published: Tuesday, 09 July 2013

The GreenPalm has been hailed as entry level initiative in supporting RSPO. In November 2011 the RSPO Rules for Home and Personal Care Derivatives for Book & Claim was approved by its Executive Board (EB) extending the scope of GreenPalm into oleochemicals and its derivatives.

ASEAN Oleochemical Manufacturers Group (AOMG) felt that a higher commitment to RSPO was needed and that is to physically take RSPO certified oils into the supply chain as quickly as possible. In March 2012 AOMG approached the chairman of the RSPO Rules for Home and Personal Care Derivatives and offered to draft the physical transition rules for Segregated (SG) and Mass Balance (MB). With his agreement the AOMG members worked on and submitted the first draft at the end of May 2012. The final version was approved by the RSPO Standing Committee Trade and Traceability in June 2013 and EB approved this in early July 2013.

Whilst an important milestone has been reached there is still more work to be done for physically certified oleochemicals and its derivatives to reach the end consumer. Many members of AOMG who have joined RSPO are now Supply Chain Certification System (SCCS) certified which means they are ready to supply oleochemicals made from RSPO certified sustainable palm oil. The member companies are

 

1)  Ecogreen Oleochemicals Group

2)  Emery Oleochemicals (M) Sdn Bhd

3)  FPG Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd

4)  IOI Oleochemicals Group

5)  KLK OLEO Group of Companies

6)  PT Musim Mas

 

Many AOMG members are also in the process of obtaining the SCCS certification and expect to be certified by the end of this year.

 

There is still a lot of work to be done by RSPO in educating the entire supply chain and the certifying bodies.

The products of AOMG members are mainly midstream with some downstream which means that our products will be used by one or more players along the supply chain before it reaches the end consumer. The players who want to claim that their products are RSPO-certified need to take several steps

(i)    register as a member with RSPO
(ii)   be SCCS certified
(iii)  at least 95% of all palm-derived components in their product is RSPO-certified
(iv)  apply for a license to use the appropriate RSPO Trademark

As the manufacture of oleochemicals and its derivatives is highly versatile, the processes appear to be complicated and some Certifying Bodies (CB) find that difficult to understand. AOMG can assist RSPO in educating CBs in its area of expertise viz midstream of the supply chain.

AOMG members are ready to supply products that are RSPO-certified for sustainable palm oil and those who wish to take such products should familiarize themselves with the requirements of RSPO.

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