The Olympic flame has yet to make its way to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics, but Malaysia is already a winner. The country’s Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification has been approved by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Games Sustainable Sourcing Code Committee. In addition to MSPO, the committee approved Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO).
The approval means that Japan will source both edible and non-edible products with MPSO, RSPO or ISPO certifications. Palm oil is a common ingredient in many food products, ranging from better-for-you nutrition and sport bars to crackers and healthy spreads. Palm oil is also used in soaps, lotions and other skincare products.
This international recognition of Malaysia’s palm oil certification standard was announced by Malaysian Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok at the 2018 Transfer of Technology Seminar. She noted that the Malaysian palm oil industry has been working to ensure that MSPO certification is accepted by importing countries.
MSPO is a stringent, nationwide program designed to support Malaysia’s people, environment and wildlife. MSPO certification covers all aspects of palm oil production, from the field to the final product. Launched in 2015, the program has already certified more than 900,000 hectares of oil palm as well as more than 85 mills. All Malaysia oil palm plantations must be certified by the end of 2019. “The mandatory implementation signifies Malaysia’s commitment to the sustainable production of palm oil,” Kok explained.
She added: “Through implementation of the MSPO certification, Malaysia is sounding its unwavering and strong commitment to the global edible oil market and commitment of the Malaysian oil palm industry to sustainability, protection of the environment, as well as meeting its social responsibility.”
Sustainability is one of the three pillars of the International Olympics Committee 2020 Olympics agenda.