Rebecca has been working at FFI since September 2007. Though she studied conservation in her BA and MSc, she decided that the life in the jungle just wasn't for her. Having grown up in New York City, she has experienced more pigeons and squirrels than parrots and spider monkeys. So she decided to write about the impact that FFI's projects have on the ground.
Her current role as Communications Officer (Business & Biodiversity) has allowed her to focus her energy towards FFI's innovative Business & Biodiversity Programme. Rebecca helps to get the message out about FFI's strategic corporate partnerships and what they have helped to achieve for global biodiversity.
The first Cargill palm oil plantation has been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The certification of PT Hindoli in Sumatra demonstrates the company’s commitment to the principles of sustainable palm oil production. FFI would like to congratulate Cargill on this major milestone.
FFI has been working with Cargill since 2006 in an effort to protect high value conservation forest – critical for orang-utan survival – in West Kalimantan, where Cargill has plantations. The partnership has been highly successful. It has funded surveys which not only help to map locations of important orang-utan habitat but which also discovered two previously unknown orang-utan populations. In fact, the US Government is investigating the partnership as a best practice example of private-public partnership on sustainable palm oil.
FFI is also a member of the body that certified the Cargill plantation, RSPO. The RSPO brings together companies at all levels of the palm oil supply chain, financial institutions and conservation and development organisations to promote environmentally and socially sustainable production of palm oil.
RSPO certification requires the plantation to adhere to the agreed Principles and Criteria, which include full transparency, minimising environmental impacts and ensuring local communities are fully consulted in plantation activities.
Cargill is working to achieve certification of all its plantations, two of which are in Indonesia and three in Papua New Guinea. FFI will continue to support them in these efforts.