New Britain Oil Wins Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Pathfinder Award
The world’s renowned environmental NGO, the Rainforest Alliance (RA) recognized New Britain Palm Oil Ltd (NBPOL) with the “Sustainable Pathfinder Award” for its leadership in responsible palm oil business.
Rainforest Alliance Recognizes New Britain Palm Oil for Sustainability Leadership
The award recognizes companies for the work done in advancing sustainable practices across their industries. This is the first time that such an award was presented to a company in the palm oil sector.
RA Chief of Sustainable Supply Chain, Britta Bisang, presented the award to NBPOL’s Group Head of Sustainability, Ian Orrell, in the presence of Sime Darby Plantation Downstream’s Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa, Andrew Worrall, at Rainforest Alliance’s 31st Spring Gala in New York on 9 May.
NBPOL’s diligence in adopting the FPIC (Free, Prior and Informed Consent) in its oil palm development and climate change adaptation as well as mitigation measures to improve farmers’ livelihoods in PNG are some of the works that entitled the company for the award.
The RA is a non-governmental organization working to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior. Their vision is a world where people and nature thrive in harmony. The Rainforest Alliance is founded 30 years ago in 1987 by Daniel Katz. UTZ and the RA merged in 2017. They focus on countries in Latin America, Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. To ensure their credibility, they ensure transparency, integrity, and accountability in their work. The Rainforest Alliance has already certified more than 113 million acres (45.9 million hectares) of forest worldwide.