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APOA Urged Hindustan Unilever to Re-consider Reducing 25% Palm Oil in Soap Products

Special doc./Asian Palm Oil Alliance Urged Hindustan Unilever to consider reducing 25% palm oil in soap production.
APOA Urged Hindustan Unilever to Re-consider Reducing 25% Palm Oil in Soap Products

InfoSAWIT, INDIA – Asia Palm Oil Alliance (APOA) urged Hindustan Unilever (HUL) to re-consider its decision to reduce palm oil materials in soap products for about 25%. APOA thought this could be seriously delivering impacts for million planters particularly smallholders whole over the world.

Prior, HUL delivered announcement to reduce palm oil materials to produce soap as the response to price volatility and environmental consideration. But APOA emphasized the decision would significantly deliver implication for (palm oil) industries and the efforts to get sustainable development.

“For considering the increasing palm oil price and environmental perspective, the decision would concern the vegetable oil industries,” Atul Chaturvedi, Chairman of APOA that represented some countries, for instance, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan.

As quoted from The Economic Times, Chaturvedi also mentioned palm oil positively contributes to economic empowerment namely through the initiatives, such as, National Mission on Edible Oil – Oil Palm (NMEO-OP).

APOA also said that palm oil cultivation would be efficient in land use per hectare. The natural resource utilization is the number one of other alternative oils. Even though HUL supported sustainable certification, such as, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), reducing palm oil application would postpone the efforts and would be potentially endangering the smallholders’ income.

APOA urged HUL should provide transparent evidences that would be supported by science about environmental impacts from palm oil to its substitution in industrial scale.

What HUL decided intensively raised discussion in many related stakeholders about economic, environmental, and social impacts. It is hoped there would be balance in sustainability and sustainable palm oil industries in the future. (T2)