About the Speaker
Fitrian Ardiansyah, Executive Chairman and Founder, Yayasan IDH (Inisiatif Dagang Hijau), Indonesia; Country Representative, IDH-Sustainable Trade Initiative, Malaysia; Board Member, Partnership for Indonesia’s Sustainable Agriculture (PISAgro); Board Member, LTKL (Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari of Sustainable District Alliance); Regional Committee Member, Tropical Forest Alliance 2020/World Economic Forum (TFA2020/WEF) in Southeast Asia; and Executive Board Member, SCOPI (Sustainable Coffee Platform of Indonesia)
About the Webinar
Palm oil is an essential ingredient that we use in many products. Margarine, soaps, cookies, chocolate bars, ice cream and ready-to-eat meals mostly use palm oil derivatives as part of their ingredients. It is now also being utilised as a biofuel. Indonesia and Malaysia are the largest producers of palm oil. Palm oil is a major source of income for these tropical countries. Nevertheless, real and perceived impacts associated with high ecological and social costs, including deforestation, forest and land fires (that also contribute to greenhouse gas emission), social and land conflicts, still colour the development of this commodity. Actions have been taken by key stakeholders including the government, private sector, communities and NGOs to improve palm oil practices and reach sustainability. In this webinar, the speaker will share the latest lessons learnt and business models that will lead to sustainable palm oil in this region. He will also discuss new challenges and the innovation needed to ensure that sustainability really provides the positive economic, environmental and social outcomes at the local level and within countries in Southeast Asia.