Our activity in 2017

On 20 April 2017, the French Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil invited representatives of NGOs, the public authorities, producer nations, research organisations, and private sector players (industry, distributors, financial establishments) to come and hear about the progress it has made in the past year. Over 50 attendees accepted the invitation and came to hear the news.

Video summary of the event of April 20, 2017

On this page, you will find videos of the different presentations:

– The opening speech from Xavier Sticker, Deputy Ambassador for the Environment, on France’s commitment to combating deforestation

Jean-Manuel Bluet’s presentation of the past year and the Alliance’s outlook for 2020. Jean-Manuel is Deputy Chairman of the Alliance and Director of Sustainable Development at Nestle France

– A presentation by Alain Rival (Regional Director of CIRAD in South-East Asia) on the SALSA platform, a palm-oil industry research and training programme in South-East Asia, sponsored by the Alliance

– A presentation from Pierre-Marie Aubert, a food and farming policy researcher at the IDDRI, on analysing the sustainable development systems already in place in the palm oil sector, research that is supported by the Alliance

Following the presentations, attendees were invited to take part in four round-table debates on issues affecting the palm oil industry. Here is how the moderator summed them up:

* “Zero Deforestation: compatibility between existing tools and regional strategy” by Bruno Rebelle Director of Transitions

* “Rethinking the customer- supplier relationship to encourage producers to commit to NPDE (No deforestation, no peat, no exploitation)”, by Pierre-Marie Aubert, Food and Farming Policy Researcher at IDDRI

* “How can producer and consumer nations cooperate for more sustainable rural and agricultural development policies?”, by Yann Laurans Biodiversity Programme Director at IDDRI

* “Improving plantation working conditions”, by Mickaël Blais, Deputy Chairman of the French Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil

All of this content is also available in the downloadable report for the event.