SEC to Certify Palm Oil Products From Feb '16

Chocolates, hand soaps and detergents – these palm oil-based products will be certified by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) from February next year.

SEC is currently working with professional services firm Ernst & Young and palm oil certification body, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), to develop a new category for palm oil products, under its Singapore Green Labelling Scheme.

The complexity of the supply chain and lack of transparency make it difficult for palm oil products to be certified. One such complexity is that palm oil from different sources can be mixed at multiple stages in the supply chain, making it difficult to trace a product to one source.

This year’s haze crisis, said to be the worst in a decade, has triggered calls for greater transparency and sustainably sourced products. SEC had earlier drawn up a declaration for firms to ascertain that their products are free of raw materials from haze-linked companies. As of 6 November, 131 companies have signed the declaration.

Source: “SEC to start certifying palm oil products from Feb” (The Straits Times, 9 November 2015)

Will the Singapore Green Label certification impact your purchase decision for palm oil products like chocolates and hand soaps? 

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