KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 — Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK) said all its local upstream operations were certified as compliant with Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standards at the end of December 2017.
The certification was received a year ahead of the mandatory timeline for producers that already have Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification.
“We are pleased that we are able to achieve this feat in a short span of 6 months, it's our people in each operating centre who make the difference and I appreciate the concerted efforts and commitments of all parties involved to continuously uphold good agricultural practices, as well as the sustainability practices,” said its chief executive officer Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian.
Besides the MSPO, KLK is also undergoing certification for other standards for palm oil, including RSPO, Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC).
The MSPO standards provide general principles for the implementation, establishment and improvement of the operational practices of a sustainability system incorporated in Malaysia to ensure the sustainability of palm oil, which currently covers the oil palm industry supply chain comprising independent and organised smallholders, plantations and palm oil mills.