Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Palm Oil Dilemma

ORSATO Renato, FALCAO Horacio, VAN WASSENHOVE Luk, LOEW WEISS Renata, PARIKH MCNICHOLAS Mona, SANCHES Giovanna
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This case explores the events leading to the creating of a multi-stakeholder platform, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The promotion of palm oil as an alternative to fossil fuels has increased demand, hence the “palm oil dilemma”: to produce oil more sustainably or save the forests? The ability to respond to NGOs and the additional cost of certified palm oil are some of the future challenges facing the RSPO.