Youth Fellowship for Sustainable Palm Oil 2020, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, Switzerland

Publish Date: Mar 19, 2020

Deadline: Mar 31, 2020

Youth Fellowship for Sustainable Palm Oil

This YfS fellowship has been designed and conceptualized by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB). The objective of this four-month programme, to be rolled out between February 2020 to June 2020 is to offer one of its kind opportunities to youth (young professionals between 18 years to 25 years to take charge by engaging and shaping the sustainability/SDG agenda based on their own ideas and actions. The certificate fellowship seeks to engage youth specifically on SDG 12 (responsible production and consumption) and SDG 13 (climate action).

The selected candidates will have an opportunity to be mentored by sustainability champions on ideas/call to actions related to sustainability/SDGs (specifically SDG12 and SDG13). As a YfS Fellow, the candidates over the 4 months period will have the chance to interact with mentors (domain experts),gain on-field exposure, publish their ideas through online blogs of partner organizations, participate in national and international events in 2020 like Young India Challenge, CRB Annual
Conference, RSPO Annual Conference and explore career opportunities with partner organizations for YfS.

At the end of the fellowship, each of the candidates are expected to submit an idea/plan that they want to implement in the next one year. The idea/plan may be a business model or an initiative at an individual/ community (eg: campaign etc) or an organizational level. The plan should incorporate ways in which the candidate aims to prevent deforestation and combat climate change through the uptake of sustainable palm oil in India.

Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm Oil is the most produced vegetable oil in the world in terms of production volumes. Malaysia and Indonesia are leading producers, together accounting for 86% of global production. Although oil palm is a more sustainable producer of vegetable oil than other oil crops, there is a serious concern that the growing demand of palm oil for food and biofuel could lead to rapid and ill-managed expansion of palm oil production – resulting in serious deforestation.1 Hence there is a global push to augment the trade and use of sustainable palm oil, especially for leading consumer countries like India and China.

Approximately 50% of common consumer products contain palm oil. In fact, around 70% of our cosmetics and household products including margarine and chocolate to donuts and cookies, and even many personal care items like lipstick, shampoo and soap contain some materials derived from palm oil. There is growing realization now that consumers, especially young millennial can play a leading
role in strengthening the push towards sustainable palm oil by advocating and actively demanding use of sustainable palm oil in these products that they use on a daily basis. Youth power/pressure can influence/push FMCG companies in India to move towards sustainable palm oil use, the uptake of which remains rather limited in India.

About the Organizations

RSPO: Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit that unites stakeholders from the 7 sectors of the palm oil industry: oil palm producers, processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, and environmental and social non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil. RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). When they are properly applied, these criteria can help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions. The RSPO has more than 4,300 members worldwide from more than 90
countries who represent all links along the palm oil supply chain. The vision of RSPO is to make sustainable palm oil the norm across the world.

CRB: Since its establishment in 2011, CRB has been pursuing its Vision - businesses integrate sustainability into their core business practices. It is a think-tank operating on a model of engaging multiple stakeholders to develop action plans for promoting sustainable/responsible business across various sectors in India. Our operational verticals include: Action and Policy Research, Training and
Capacity Building, Customized Advisory Services and Technical Assistance and Knowledge Fora. We have sectoral expertise in Apparel and textiles, Agro- based industries, ICT and Electronics, Mining and Minerals. Our thematic areas of work include Circular Economy, Business and Human Rights, Private Sector and SDGs, Voluntary Sustainability Standards and MSMEs & Sustainability.
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