The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) reports that, as of July 29, 2021, 5.279 million hectares of oil palm-planted areas out of a total 5.865 million hectares (90 per cent) have been certified sustainable by the country’s MSPO, including independent and organized smallholders (family farmers) as well as oil palm mills.
The MSPO certification program, which is exclusively for palm oil grown and produced in Malaysia, was first launched in 2015. Compliance became nationally mandated in 2020. MSPO certification addresses the environmental, social and economic aspects of palm oil production. It also documents the importance of balancing these aspects for the good of all involved.
MPOB Director director-general Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir told the Malay Mail, “The need for this golden crop has never been higher and is projected to increase; so does the demand for it to be sustainably produced.”
Products made with Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil were approved for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Games Sustainable Sourcing Code Committee. The Malay Mail reports that Malaysia is seeking the same recognition from the Beijing Organizing Committee for the upcoming Olympic Winter games 2022.