|Headquarters||Kingston upon Hull, England|
|Products||Palm oil certificates|
|Services||RSPO Sustainable Palm Oil|
|Owner(s)||Book & Claim Ltd.|
|Parent||AarhusKarlshamn UK Ltd.|
GreenPalm is a certificate-trading program for "sustainably produced" palm oil. Established in Hull, England, in November 2006, GreenPalm is a trading name of Book & Claim Ltd., "a wholly owned subsidiary of" AarhusKarlshamn UK Ltd.
How GreenPalm works
Once an oil palm grower has gone through the RSPO certification process and have been certified they have four supply chain options to sell through. These options are:
- Identity Preserved
- Mass Balance
- Book and Claim (GreenPalm)
If the palm oil growers chose GreenPalm then each tonne of certified palm oil & palm kernel oil they are certified to sell is transferred into a GreenPalm Palm & Palm Kernel Oil certificate. The certificates are offered for sale on the GreenPalm market. Manufacturers based around the globe that use palm oil, palm kernel oil or any derived product can then join GreenPalm. Once they are a member they can place bids for, buy and then redeem certificates equal to the amount of physical oil they wish to cover. All those manufactures that have redeemed certificates can see their commitment on the GreenPalm redeemed certificate holder’s page. Once redeemed the manufacturer can use the GreenPalm logo and make claims that they or their products support/advance the production of RSPO certified sustainable palm, palm kernel oil.
The palm oil grower receives the full certificate premium, the physical RSPO certified oil that this relates to will be sold into the global market – someone, somewhere will consume sustainably produced palm / palm kernel oil. This process stimulates other palm oil growers to start the certification process for their plantation & mill.
Dave McLaughlin, agriculture vice-president, World Wildlife Fund, is reported as stating that "GreenPalm is a transitional tool to give growers the right market signals" that it is worth their while to participate in the RSPO's sustainable palm oil auditing and certification programs.
In an interview subtitled, "The rocky road to sustainable palm oil," Dave Mclaughlin, World Wildlife Fund vice-president for agriculture, states that "buying GreenPalm certificates now might be the only way to stimulate enough production of sustainable palm oil to reach a critical mass that will make fully traceable products economically viable in future."
- "How It Works," GreenPalm.org. Accessed: 26 June 2013.
- "GreenPalm and the RSPO," GreenPalm.org. Accessed: 26 June 2013.
- Watson, Elaine. (2012, October 5). "WWF: Industry should buy into GreenPalm today, or it will struggle to source fully traceable sustainable palm oil tomorrow," FoodNavigator-USA.com. Accessed: 26 June 2013.
- Watson, Elaine. (2013, July 16). "In conversation with the WWF: The rocky road to sustainable palm oil," Food Navigator USA. Accessed: 24 September 2013.