Goal

The overall goal of the forum is to promote sustainable consumption and trade of palm oil and its derivatives in India along the supply chain, through industry collaboration

Introduction

Working Groups

  • SC will identify Members to be co-opted to the Working Groups
  • The WG Members would include industry actors, NGOs and industry bodies – all with relevant experience to strengthen and contribute to the activities of the coalition
  • WG Members would be appointed for a period of 1 year, with the possibility of reappointment for an additional year

Roles and Responsibilities

Working Group (Government Policy)

  • Guide the Steering Committee on the priorities and strategies relating to government policy
  • Review and establish links with other initiatives (including Standards) at the national, regional and international levels on sustainable palm oil
  • Research and define the position of I-SPOC on critical trade policy matters to incentivize trade of sustainable palm oil
  • Identify critical pointers for policy interventions /policy incentives with relevant arms of the government (national and state level), to develop the enabling environment for enhanced trade and use of sustainable palm oil
  • Engage with relevant regulatory institutions and/or associations to mainstream sustainable financing for the uptake of sustainable palm oil in India
  • Suggest actions for improving trade between India and its trade partners on sustainable palm oil
  • Build partnership with relevant industry associations, such as SEA that work closely with Indian and international government and industry
  • Organize events, discussions, and  webinars to inform external stakeholders on key issues affecting sustainable palm oil

Working Group (Supply Chain)

  • Guide the Steering Committee on necessary actions to mobilize supply chain companies in support of sustainable palm oil
  • Organize periodic training/capacity building workshops for the domestic vendors to promote the uptake of sustainable palm oil
  • Bring important issues pertaining to Supply Chain Actors to the cognizance of the Steering Committee
  • Exchange of existing knowledge and good practices pertaining to promoting traceability and accountability based disclosures along the supply chain
  • Build sustainable trade partnerships through linkages with similar platforms and/or initiatives on sustainable consumption and production in producer countries
  • Defining approach and best practices for supplier screening and engagement
  • Engage with buyers (end users) about the benefits from the trade of sustainable palm oil and its derivatives
  • Engage with other supply chain companies to promote trade in of sustainable palm oil
  • Raise the institutional demand for sustainable palm oil in the industry, working closely with relevant Business Associations and other industry actors

Working Group (End Users)

  • Guide the Steering Committee on necessary actions to promote uptake of sustainable palm oil among end user companies
  • Bring important issues pertaining to End Users (including FMGC) to the cognizance of the Steering Committee
  • Undertake transparency and accountability based disclosures on sustainable procurement of palm oil
  • Set time-bound targets with a defined action plan for moving towards sustainable palm oil/implement global commitments to sustainable palm oil.
  • Propose strategies to educate final consumers about responsible consumption and production (SDG 12)
  • To educate the suppliers and vendors about the benefits from the trade of sustainable palm oil and its derivatives, undertake supplier capacity building and training programs
  • Work with suppliers to enhance the uptake of sustainable palm oil in the market
  • Exchange of existing knowledge and good practices pertaining to promoting traceability and accountability based disclosures along the supply chain
  • Build sustainable trade partnerships through linkages with similar platforms and/or initiatives on sustainable consumption and production in producer countries
  • Defining approach and best practices for disclosure