KUALA LUMPUR (March 29): Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (SD Plantation) today achieved 100% Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification, making it the largest producer of MSPO-certified palm oil to date with a total annual crude palm oil production capacity of approximately 1.2 million metric tons.
As per the timeline set by the government, oil palm plantation companies that are already certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will have to comply with the MSPO scheme by December 31, 2018.
In a press statement today, Sime Darby said that it is proud to support the MSPO certification because it reinforces the fact that the industry is constantly improving its sustainability credentials.
Executive deputy chairman and managing director of Sime Darby Plantations, Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh said Sime Darby is very pleased to be able to achieve this ahead of the deadline set by the government.
“Our heartfelt appreciation to the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) and various certification bodies involved for their diligence in expediting the auditing and certification for our operations,” he said, adding the group would work with relevant authorities such as MPOB to facilitate MSPO certification for smallholders who supply fresh fruit bunches to its mills.
“This is truly in line with our Responsible Agriculture Charter (RAC) commitment to bring together all our third party suppliers towards SD Plantation’s sustainability standards by 2020,” he added.
Chief executive officer of Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC), Harnarinder Singh was pleased with Sime Darby Plantation’s efforts to obtain 100% MSPO certification for oil palm management for its 124 estates and 33 palm oil mills in Malaysia.
Harnarinder hopes other Malaysian palm oil entities will follow the lead set by Sime Darby Plantation to elevate the industry to global standards.