BASF, The Estee Lauder Companies and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil have announced that they are partnering with Solidaridad to promote sustainable palm oil and palm derivatives production in the district of Waykanan, Lampung, Indonesia.
The program will offer continuous education and technical support on implementing and maintaining sustainable palm oil practices to smallholder farmers, helping them to improve their livelihoods. The project’s target is that at least a third of the supported farmers will become RSPO certified after three years.
“Most major European companies have committed to using sustainable palm oil exclusively,” said Heske Verbung, Managing Director, Solidaridad Europe. “We are delighted that BASF and The Estee Lauder Companies are reaching beyond just purchasing sustainably, by providing direct support for sustainable palm oil projects. When palm oil is produced sustainably and in a future proof manner, it can actually contribute to resolving grave issues for both farmers and the environment.”