Emeryville Firm Becomes Leading Palm-Oil Accreditor
Its new status can improve palm-oil sustainability worldwide.
Emeryville-based SCS Global Services has just become the first North American company accredited to certify sustainable palm-oil plantations worldwide.
Stringent new standards are impacting international production of pam oil, which is the most widely used vegetable oil used in food production globally, according to a press release.
Following the sixteenth annual Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), held in Malaysia, the 2018 Principles & Criteria Standard incorporates new safeguards for palm-oil production centered around ending deforestation, protecting endangered wildlife and landscapes, supporting human rights, and protecting workers.
Its wide range of operations now expanded to entail the palm-oil industry, SCS Global Services — headquartered on Powell Street — is a longtime forerunner in third-party environmental and sustainability verification, having for thirty years worked in a cross-section of sustainability-related industries including green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, retail, and more.
“SCS looks forward to continuing to build our presence globally, especially in the Latin American, West Africa, and Asian regions," said SCS' RSPO program manager Matthew Rudolf.
"With SCS RSPO auditors strategically located in all three regions, we are dedicated to encouraging palm growers and smallholders to get RSPO certified to demonstrate sustainable palm production across the globe," Rudolf said.