TFT will provide further information on Growers/Millers/Refiners/Traders PO sourcing in due course.
Field visits are predominately those completed under ART Plan Implementation.
We use the VTTV (Values, Transparency, Transformation, Verification) approach with our palm oil members. Those not familiar with VTTV can watch a short video explaining it. We have a team of approximately 50 in Malaysia and Indonesia working primarily on palm oil, with our team in Ivory Coast and Cameroon are supporting activities with producers across Central and West Africa. We are increasingly involved in the review of palm oil operations in Central and South America as development of plantations continues to gain momentum. We also support work on the ground in many other countries such as Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, among others.
We always start work with a member by understanding their values and beliefs – what are their goals with respect to the environment and the communities with which they interact? How do they want to see the plantation they buy from be managed? We work with the member to gain a better understanding of their commitment and, where necessary, to help them enunciate them clearly in both internal and external communications.
Once a member’s commitments and beliefs are clear we try to understand the reality of the supply chain on the ground. Transparency is what we call the work we do with members’ sourcing teams to better understand the dynamics of the sourcing, the nature of raw material sources and members’ progress in terms of meeting their own set of commitments/policies/sourcing guidelines. Looking at the reality on the ground allows us to better develop solutions with members that make sense and can work from a sustainability and economic point of view.
Having identified these focus areas we work closely with members to transform those parts of their operations they wish to align more closely with their commitment or that, through change, could enhance brand value. This is where the hard work really starts. We always rely on multi-stakeholder collaboration to bring these enhanced performance attributes to their business operations.
Finally, verifying the transparency and transformation allows the members, consumers, NGOs and others to trust that reported achievements are real. We support members to monitor their performance and share the results with their stakeholders. This is partly a technical task to apply the right tools and processes systematically, but it also depends on a culture of openness and transparency to report both the good results and the inevitable setbacks.
Palm oil is high yield
Some people believe that because palm oil production is associated with the clearing of forests it should be boycotted. But the paradox here is that palm oil is a high yield crop – you’d need four hectares of rapeseed to produce what one hectare of palm oil trees can. In this video TFT’s Heloise d’Huart explains the paradox of palm oil.
Tools for Transformation
Tools for Transformation is a resource to help palm oil millers and growers who want to implement responsible practices in their operations. This resource is currently based on our work in Malaysia, and therefore has a Malaysia focus (Indonesia resources coming soon). Designed to be an industry resource, Tools for Transformation brings together a range of resources from TFT and local and international organisations and companies.
Visit Tools for Transformation
Please note – the tools will eventually have their own website but in the meantime are accessed via Google Drive. Once on Google Drive, when you click on a link, a box will appear immediately above or below it. You then need to click the link for the page to open. This is a living resource with the ability to grow. If you have any questions, feedback or ideas for improvement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
MembersMembers commit to long-lasting change in their supply chains, making far-reaching commitments to respect people and nature.
Where we work
Papua New Guinea