The Secretariat of the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) has viewed the serious allegations of sexual harassment and assault as reported by the Associated Press with grave concern. The Secretariat of CPOPC will look into the allegations as a matter of urgency. The Secretariat is appreciative of investigative journalism to highlight issues in the palm oil industry but questions the selective reporting by Associated Press reporters. The statements from a few unconfirmed interviews were selected as an intentional slur to harm the image of palm oil as a whole. Rape is a criminal offense in Indonesia and Malaysia.… Read More

Press Release – The 20th Senior Officials Meeting of CPOPC

The Senior Officials Meeting Leaders responsible for the palm oil industry, the Deputy Minister for Food and Agribusiness Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia Dr. Musdhalifah Machmud, and the Secretary General Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) of Malaysia, Mr. Ravi Muthayah co-chaired the 20th Senior Officials Meeting of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) on 7 October 2020 in a virtual meeting. The government representatives of the palm oil producing countries in transition to full members of CPOPC were in the attendance namely the Vice Minister of Agriculture of Colombia, Mr Juan Gonzalo Botero, High… Read More

CPOPC Secretariat Further Engaged Papua New Guinean Smallholders

The CPOPC Secretariat conducted a follow up session of the Smallholders Outreach Program (SOP) with smallholders of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The virtual meeting was also observed by Mr Frank Mazigi, the Charge d’affaires of PNG in Jakarta. The teleconference discussed the challenges faced by the smallholders and CPOPC’s role in promoting cooperation and collaboration among palm oil producing countries. It was attended by the Deputy Executive Director of CPOPC, Mr Dupito D. Simamora, Director of Sustainability and Smallholders of CPOPC, Mr Witjaksana Darmosarkoro, representatives of smallholders’ associations from Indonesia and Malaysia. The representative of PNG smallholders, Mr Kepson Puspita,… Read More

Press Release – Smallholder Outreach Program

The Secretariat of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries hosted a “Smallholder Outreach Program” (SOP) where 42 representatives of smallholder’s associations from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Thailand and Papua New Guinea participated on this teleconference. SOP served as a platform where smallholders from several palm oil producing countries join CPOPC’s network to discuss relevant issues and challenges in capacity building related to the efforts of achieving prosperity and sustainable environment.  The discussion raised a willingness among the participants to establish a global communication network among smallholders of palm oil producing countries in achieving a wider sustainable global framework of Sustainable Development… Read More

Statement by the Secretariat of CPOPC on an Objection Letter to IKEA Due to Selling Children’s Book Contained with False Information on Palm Oil

The Secretariat of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (hereinafter “Sec-CPOPC”) has sent an objection letter dated 4 August 2020 to IKEA for selling children’s books that are denigrating palm oil and presenting false information. The letter was sent to the CEO of IKEA Mr Jesper Brodin to respond one of the two book’s titles called Orangutan is Scared and Love the Orangutan which chose to pull at the heartstrings of children and their families with its tale of the orangutan hunted by evil palm oil plantation growers. This is an example of misinformation that is contributory in misleading consumers… Read More

Statement by the Secretariat of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) on the Kraft Heinz Company Regarding Claim of ‘Palm Oil Free”

The Secretariat of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (hereinafter “Sec-CPOPC”) has sent an objection letter dated 4 August 2020 to Kraft Heinz Company for misguided negative campaign on palm oil. The letter was to respond the “palm oil free” claim and discriminatory messages on the Kraft’s new hazelnut butter in Canada. The Sec-CPOPC views that these marketing strategies on boycotting palm oil and fuelling misinformation at the detriment of the consumers have undermined the collective effort to produce and use a quality, healthy and sustainable palm oil. The boycotting shall mislead the consumers and is offensive to the millions… Read More


The Secretariat of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) acknowledges the statement by the European Commissioner for Trade, Mr. Phil Hogan on behalf of the European Commission – in response to parliamentary question E-001194/2020 – may indicate a new willingness by Europe to collaborate with palm oil producing countries to foster an even more sustainable supply chain. The Commission recognises the efforts that producing countries and all stakeholders have made and continue to make towards a production strategy that best balances the relationship between man and nature, protects biodiversity and forests, and guarantees not only the most basic human rights, but… Read More

Statement by the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) on WHO’S Infographic on Nutrition Advice for Adults During COVID-19

Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) has sent an objection letter to World Health Organization (WHO) for publishing and disseminating an infographic flyer entitled ”Nutrition advice for adults during COVID-19”. The infographic, published by WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, endorses adults to avoid eating saturated fats, including palm oil. The letter states the following facts that have been verified and discussed at length by the nutritional fraternity over the years: 1. Despite having high saturated fat content, palm oil is the source of the world’s most widely used cooking oil. Palm oil is safe to consume because it… Read More

Co Chairs’ Statement the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of Palm Oil Producing Countries

1. The 2nd Ministerial Meeting of Palm Oil Producing Countries (2nd MMPOPC) was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 18 November 2019.  The Meeting was hosted by Malaysia and attended by representatives of palm oil producing countries from Indonesia, Colombia, Thailand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Honduras, and Brazil. This second meeting was built on the Inaugural Meeting of Palm Oil Producing Countries (IMMPOPC) held in Bali, Indonesia, on 2 November 2017.    2. The Ministers responsible for palm oil from Malaysia, Her Excellency Madam Teresa Kok, Minister of Primary Industries, Malaysia, and from Indonesia, His Excellency Airlangga Hartarto, Coordinating Minister for… Read More

The Environmental Footprint Of Palm Oil

The recent haze crisis saw a greater level scrutiny on oil palm plantations in the region. There was, however, a difference between this year’s event and occurrences in 2015 and earlier: the public in the region generally understood that oil palm was not the root cause of the problem, and that it is much more complex than blaming one commodity for a complex environmental problem. Sadly, oil palm still remains the number-one scapegoat for Europeans when it comes to global environmental problems. It’s therefore worth revisiting the facts about the impact of oil palm, particularly in relation to other commodities.… Read More