The Indian Palm Oil Sustainability (IPOS) Framework was launched in the Annual General Meeting of The Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA) held on 13th September, 2017 in presence of Mr. Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong– Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC), Government of Malaysia; Mr Joyo Supriyono, Chairman of GAPKI, Indonesian Palm Oil Association who graced the occasion by participation at the launch of the IPOS framework.
Madam Musdhalifah Machmud – Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Republic of Indonesia shared through email: “National sustainability framework is becoming a global need to achieve sustainability in vegetable oil production and trade including palm oil in the long run. This has been shown by India which launched India Palm Oil Sustainability (IPOS) Framework today. Indonesian Government welcomes the IPOS Framework and looks forward to working with Indian palm oil industry to make IPOS a more effective and efficient system and future cooperation between IPOS and ISPO framework”
Dr. Shatadru Chattopadhyay, Managing Director, Solidaridad Network Asia mentioned, “The IPOS framework that we have jointly developed with SEA will provide Indian palm oil industry with an economically viable sustainability model that is suited to Indian market realities. The implementation of IPOS framework is expected to create better farm management, improved productivity, better environmental performance and improved working conditions at the production sites. The early results coming out of our pilot site in Andhra Pradesh where IPOS framework is implemented by Solidaridad is encouraging. We are committed to work with Indian palm oil extraction industry and Indian Government to get IPOS recognized by different stakeholders across the world as an effective sustainability framework”.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Atul Chaturvedi, President of Solvent Extractors’ Association of India shared that, “The IPOS framework is created by the Indian palm oil industry, for the Indian palm oil industry and owned by Indian palm oil stakeholders. The IPOS programme would facilitate the Indian palm oil industry to be ready for facing future customer demands, safeguard the competitiveness of the Indian palm oil industry, improve relationships and loyalty in the supply chain within and outside the country and position India as one of the global leaders in sustainable production and trade in palm oil”.
Dr B V Mehta, Executive Director, Solvent Extractors’ Association of India, SEA, mentioned “Indian Palm Oil Sustainability (IPOS) framework would pave the way towards promoting sustainable production and trade along with improvement in the social, economic and environmental performances of Palm Oil sector. I am confident that the IPOS would bring out the strengths and address the existing gaps towards improving sustainability, enhancing credibility, income of farmers and foster the performance of Solvent Extraction Industry and edible oil security for the country.”