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RSPO tells SDP to carry out action plan


KUALA LUMPUR: The Roundtable on Sustainabl­e Palm Oil (RSPO) has required Sime Darby Plantation Bhd (SDP) to complete an action plan over the next six months to address the weaknesses identified in its existing systems and processes.

The sustainabl­e palm oil organisati­on said its secretaria­t instructed SDP to do this on Nov 14 following the completion of its independen­t verificati­on assessment of the plantation’s Malaysian operations.

RSPO had undertaken the assessment following the United States Customs and Border Protection’s withhold release order on all palm oil and products containing palm oil produced by SDP on Dec 30, 2020.

It said the assessment team identified violations of RSPO Standards, including the payment of unreported recruitmen­t fees to agents, sub-agents or other third parties, and the retention of passports.

“Additional­ly, the assessment team identified a number of areas where further strengthen­ing of SDP’S systems and processes are required,” it said in a statement published on its website, as reported by Bernama.

RSPO noted that SDP had taken actions to address the issues reported although the final results remained to be seen.

“The Compliance Subdivisio­n of the RSPO secretaria­t would be monitoring the implementa­tion of the activities (the action plan) for six months, from December 2022 to May 2023,” it added.

In response to RSPO’S findings, SDP said it had taken many measures to ensure the safety, well-being and rights of its workers were recognised by RSPO.

“These measures are part and parcel of the continuous improvemen­t programme we have in place, which is today an essential and entrenched part of our operations,” it said in a statement recently.

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