Sustainability Overview

All of the palm oil products we sell are products of Moi International. Moi International supports the production of sustainable palm oil through the RSPO Credits Program.  This means that for every tonne of palm oil we use in the production of MOI Shortenings, Margarines and Premium Frying Oils we have paid a voluntary premium to a palm oil producer which is operating within the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) strict guidelines for social and environmental responsibility.

Our customers can therefore be reassured that in continuing to buy MOI products, they are making an environmentally and socially responsible purchasing decision. RSPO Credits is a trading program which is designed to tackle the environmental and social problems created by the production of palm oil.

Exclusively endorsed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), it works on the principle that the best way to encourage people to work in a sustainable and responsible way is to reward them for doing so

How RSPO Ensures Environmentally Sustainable Palm Oil Production

RSPO Standards ensure that palm oil production is environmentally sustainable during each step production. Beyond the RSPO Principles & Criteria, there are National Interpretations of these standards available for each country that participates to address the unique issues and conditions of that country. The goal is to protect, conserve, and enhance ecosystems and the environment.

The following are the main criteria from the Principles and Criteria 2018:

  • Pests, diseases, weeds, and invasive introduced species are effectively managed using appropriate IPM techniques
  • Pesticides are used in ways that do not endanger health of workers, families, communities, or the environment
  • Waste is reduced, recycled, reused, and disposed of in an environmentally and socially responsible manner
  • Practices maintain soil fertility at, or where possible improve soil fertility to, a level that ensures optimal and sustained yield.
  • Practises minimize and control erosion and degradation of soils
  • Soil surveys and topographic information are used for site planning in the establishment of new plantings, and the results are incorporated into plans and operations
  • No new planting on peat, regardless of depth after 15 November 2018 and all peatlands are managed responsibly
  • Practises maintain the quality and availability of surface and groundwater
  • Efficiency of fossil fuel use and the use of renewable energy is optimized
  • Plans to reduce pollution and emissions, including greenhouse gases (GHG), are developed, implemented and monitored and new developments are designed to minimize GHG emissions
  • Fire is not used for preparing land and is prevented in the managed area
  • Land clearing does not cause deforestation or damage any area required to protect or enhance High Conservation Values (HCVs) or High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest. HCVs and HCS forests in the managed area are identified and protected or enhanced

For more details on how these criteria are implemented and what the benefits are, you can find the 2018 Principles and Criteria on the RSPO website, along with the country specific National Interpretations of these criteria.

How RSPO Ensures Socially Sustainable Palm Oil Production

Production of palm oil has been criticized for being unattainable both environmental and socially. To deal with the social issues created by palm oil production, RSPO established the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) to remedy and monitor solutions to these social issues. The following are some of these social issues :

  • Conflicts over land rights
  • Status of migrant workers
  • Deceptive recruitment
  • Limited freedom of association
  • Discrimination against women
  • Child labour
  • FPIC processes, including stakeholder consultation
  • Working conditions of migrant workers
  • Undocumented and unpaid women labour

Following the UN Guidelines on Business and Human rights, the HRWG works to ensure the successful implementation of the RSPO Principles and Criteria that are relevant for the protection and respect of human rights. Once Human Rights Policies have been implemented, the HRWG develops mechanisms to identify, prevent,  mitigate, and address human rights issues and impacts.

The following topic are relevant and require specific attention by the HRWG, as declared on the RSPO website:

  • Land rights of communities, both indigenous and non-indigenous, affected by oil palm development and operations, including the gender dimension of land tenure (land ownership, land access, land use) and potential impacts on the right to sustainable livelihoods and the right to food;
  • Right to be heard for palm oil affected communities and oil palm smallholders, both men and women, including participatory systems for mapping and consent to new plantings;
  • Supply chain responsibilities to respect human rights, including the right of workers, independent smallholders, scheme smallholders, traders, brand companies, retailers and banks/investors and NGOs;
  • Rights of vulnerable groups such as women and children are at all times protected.

On the RSPO website you can find more details about the HRWG, the criteria in place to protect worker’s rights and conditions, and online toolkits that are designed to assist communities and RSPO members to further understand the social issues within the palm industry and assist in finding solutions to address them. This includes toolkits on forced labour, migrant workers, gender equality, minimum wages, and workplace harassment.

What is Segregated Sustainable Palm Oil?

Segregated Sustainable Palm Oil is certified sustainable palm oil which is segregated from non-certified palm oil at every stage of the supply chain. All of our palm oil products are made from segregated sustainable RSPO certified palm oil.

What are RSPO Credits?

Producers who are certified sustainable are eligible for RSPO credits for each metric tonne of sustainable oil produced. The producer trades these credits on the RSPO trading platform. MOI purchases and redeems these credits through the RSPO platform for product produced to support sustainable palm oil. This process enables the producer to receive a premium for their sustainable crop, which in turn helps to create a market for sustainable palm oil.