Monday, 13 October 2008

Sime Darby To Send First Shipment Of Traceable Palm Oil To Holland

October 13, 2008

Sime Darby To Send First Shipment Of Traceable Palm Oil To Holland

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- Sime Darby plans to send its first shipment of certified and traceble palm oil to its facility, Unimills B.V., in Holland by October 19, its President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zubir Murshid, said here today.

He said the shipment comprises palm oil that is sustainably produced as Sime Darby has obtained the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Certification (RSPO) from British Standards Institution (BSI) Management Systems."We are planning to send about 10,000-13,000 tonnes," he said.

"This is a step in the company's efforts towards meeting the highest standards of sustainability for the production of palm oil, told a press conference after receving the award from BSI.Unimills, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sime Darby Bhd, is a leading edge supplier of tailor-made vegetable oils in Europe.

RSPO certification is a rigorous process in which the entire operations and processes of a particular business unit are thoroughly investigated.A company's agricultural practices as well as its social and environmental management policies are assessed.

He said the company plans to export more to Europe given that the continent is an important market for Malaysian palm oil and more so since the European Union is particular that palm oil imports should come from sustainable production methods.Plans are also afoot to expand exports to China, he said.-- BERNAMA