It’s 2020 and we’ve come a long way in the last two years in developing a tool to systematically understand and report on progress with implementing NDPE commitments in palm oil. This year, companies and other stakeholders will need to work together to roll out the reporting and use the reports to drive progress. This Update will review what we’ve achieved since the inception of the IRF, work underway, and where we need to go collectively in 2020.
There are now more than 30 companies from every stage in the supply chain engaged with the development and use of the NDPE Implementation Reporting Framework. This document provides an update on the most recent developments on the IRF tools. It also covers the adoption of the Implementation Reporting Framework as the tool’s official name.
This update presents the revised no-deforestation and no-peat allocation criteria, updates on the ongoing work on no exploitation criteria and explains how allocation criteria, which aim to capture the wide range of activities by multiple actors which are underway to support delivery of NDPE commitments, will be applied in companies’ supply bases.
This update outlines the objective for Phase 2: scaling up implementation, further developing and improving the methodology in the process, to prepare for routine use of NDPE Implementation Framework Volume Profiles in Phase 3. Proforest and Earthworm Foundation (formerly TFT) are coordinating Phase 2, supported by a core working group of companies.
This update summarises the results of the first ‘proof of concept’ pilot studies and the outcomes of discussions at workshops convened by PepsiCo and Cargill at the RSPO RT in Sabah together with planned next steps.
Three pilot case studies were undertaken, looking at refineries in SE Asia buying directly from mills, a refinery in Europe buying from mills and aggregators and a trader in Europe to explore the pros and cons of implementing the approach further downstream.
In June 2018 a group of companies who all use palm oil agreed to trial an approach that aims to accelerate delivery of responsible sourcing commitments by building greater implementation transparency. The approach allows monitoring and reporting on progress in delivering NDPE compliant volumes through an Implementation Framework. This is the first update for participating companies and includes (a) a reminder of what the Implementation Framework is and (b) an outline of plans for the coming months.