Commitment and Legislation for Transformation

Commitment and Legislation for Transformation: Joining forces for sustainable palm oil. Programme is subject to changes


Programme is subject to changes

Registration and coffee

We start the conference at 08.30 with registration and coffee.

08:30 - 09:15

Opening remarks

Opening remarks

Joseph D'Cruz


Matthew Spencer

Global Director, Landscapes, IDH

Almut Feller

Head of the Steering Committee, Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil

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Maike Möllers

Deputy Programme Manager, Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA)

9.15 - 9.35

Keynote address

Keynote address

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Sophia Gnych

Policy Analyst, OECD

9:35 - 10:00

Plenary session 1

Setting the scene: Perspectives on the EU Deforestation Regulation

The upcoming EU regulation on deforestation-free products (EUDR) foresees due diligence for relevant products by companies. It also foresees cooperation with third countries according to a unique article 30. In this first plenary of the day, we want to bring everyone on board, explore the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in the frame of the EUDR, and discuss opportunities and challenges that arise with the new regulation.

Tina Meckel



Olivier Tichit

Director of Sustainability, Musim Mas

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Kamal Seth

Global Palm Oil Director, Worrld Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Singapore

Bastian Semmel

Desk Officer, German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

10:00 - 10:45

Coffee break

Coffee break

10:45- 11:10

Plenary session 2

EUDR: Risk mitigation measures to prevent deforestation

Within the upcoming EUDR, companies must fulfil due diligence obligations, including the implementation of risk mitigation measures in case of non-negligible risk of non-compliance such as capacity building measures for suppliers. In this session, we will have a closer look at risk mitigation measures, discuss the challenges associated, and potential solutions and best practices.

Tina Meckel



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Indra Van Gisbergen

Forest Governance Campaigner, FERN

Hendi Hidayat

Head of the Stakeholder Engagement, Policy and Partnerships Division, Golden Agri-Resources

Roger Steinhardt
Roger Steinhardt

Private sector expert,

Seidel, Benjamin
Benjamin Seidel

Political Advisor, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

11:15 -12:00

Breakout session 1

Assuring smallholder inclusion

Worldwide, at least 5 million smallholder farmers are involved with oil palms. This session discusses the importance of including them into value chains but also the challenges this may involve – including in the context of EUDR. In this session, representatives of smallholder farmers, European companies, and civil society will discuss how to assure smallholder inclusion.

Sascha Tischer



Rukaiyah Rafik

Head of FORTASBI Secretariat, FORTASBI

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Dr. Reza Azmi

Executive Director, Wild Asia

Rivera, Stephania
Stephania Rivera Tamayo

Corporate Engagement Manager, Solidaridad Europe

12:05 - 13:00

Breakout session 2

A view into the future of oleochemicals

It is estimated that at least 70% of all cosmetics contain either palm oil or palm kernel oil derivatives. Since 2020, the market for CSPKO has been very tight, with potential demand outstripping supply, both in terms of physical CSPKO and CSPKO Credits, which has caused price premiums for CSPKO Credits to increase significantly. The objective of this session is to provide a full analysis on how the sector may look like in the future. Together with industry stakeholders we will discuss its current challenges. We will ask, what is needed to restore a balanced supply and look at the traceability challenges in the derivative sector. Also we will have a view to the possible extension of the number of derivatives included in Annex 1 of the EUDR as a result of the revision foreseen two years after the coming into force of the Regulation.

Francesca Morgante



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Dr. Gerhard Ahlbrecht

Responsible Care & Logistics Manager, European Association of Chemical Distributors (Fecc)

Denis, Ariane
Ariane Denis

Head of Sustainable Sourcing, Transitions

Dr. Tobias Zobel

Director Global Procurement Lauric Oils & Primary Oleochemicals, BASF

12:05 - 13:00

Breakout session 3

Comprehensive approach to landscapes: ensuring implementation at field level

Jurisdictional approaches bring together producers, companies, government, and civil society to improve sustainability by aligning around landscape-level goals at a geographical level. While the EU regulation on deforestation will accelerate companies’ efforts towards traceability to the farm level, ensuring that palm oil supply chains are free from deforestation will also require accelerating engagement in pre-competitive collaboration at landscape level. This session will provide attendees with a clear understanding of how landscape initiatives can be the most sustainable approach to protecting forests and improving production and livelihoods of a given area.

Tran Quynh Chi

Moderator, IDH

Bovee, Veronique
Veronique Bovee

Deputy Director - Company Collaboration, Proforest

Lim, Carolyn
Carolyn Lim

Senior Manager Corporate Communications, Musim Mas

Haris, Muhammad
Muhammad Haris Abdullah

Manager Certification Scheme Unit (CSU), Systems Management Department, MPOCC

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Perpetua George

General Manager for Group Sustainability, Wilmar International Ltd

Martin Huxtable

Director Sustainable Sourcing, Unilever

12:05 - 13:00

Breakout session 4

Organizing traceability: Data sharing, standards, and interoperability

Compliance with the EUDR requires an efficient interplay of remote sensing and digital traceability. There is a need for credible and robust, yet cost-efficient and comparable methodologies. In this breakout session, we would like to discuss how a joint sector approach look could look like and where to draw the line between cooperation and competition among others.


Noëlie Svara



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Pascal Ripplinger

Advisor Digitalization, GIZ

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Meg Philips

Head of Programs, Koltiva

Yen Hun Sung

Head, Impacts & MEL, RSPO

Dr. Rémi d’Annunzio

Forestry Officer, FAO

12:05 - 13:00

Lunch break

Lunch break

13:00 - 14:30

Innovation Fair voting

Participants will vote to select the top three innovations that will pitch their idea during the Innovation Fair plenary session.

View the innovators on the Sustainable Palm Oil Choice website.

14:40 - 14:50

Plenary session 3

The role of downstream actors in sustainable palm oil / Downstream Due Diligence

To transform the palm oil sector, all stakeholders need to join forces. Long before the present regulatory processes started on the EU level, responsible companies have been running their own programs to assure sustainability. In this session, some of them will share their experiences and discuss lessons learned.

Tina Meckel



Dr. Michael Top

R&D Manager, Kao Chemicals GmbH

Dr. Torben Erbrath

Director of the Chocolate and Cocoa Division, Association of the German Confectionary Industry (BDSI)

Erik Meijaard

Managing Director, Borneo Futures

Dr. Geza Toth

CEO, CarbonSpace

14.50 - 15.35

Coffee break

Coffee break

15:35 -15:55

Innovation Fair

Innovation Fair

The Innovation Fair organised by the Wageningen University & Research and the Sustainable Palm Oil Choice will dedicate special attention to the innovators making sustainable palm oil the norm.

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Marieke Leegwater

International Program Coordinator Palm Oil | Program Manager, Solidaridad Network | Sustainable Palm Oil Choice

Aritta Suwarno, PhD.

Researcher and Lecturer, Wageningen University and Research

16:00 -16:30

Plenary session 4

Beyond the environment: Essential social considerations

To transform the palm oil sector, downstream actors also need to understand their role, requirements and possibilities to contribute to sustainable supply chains. Long before the present regulatory processes on the EU level, responsible companies have been taking steps to this end. In this session, downstream actors, including those supporting them, will share their experiences and discuss lessons learned.”

Tina Meckel



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Nazrin Huseinzade

Business and Human Rights Adviser, Enact Sustainable Strategies

Debora Dias

Senior Manager, Sustainability, The Consumer Goods Forum

Claire Reboah

Senior Project Manager – Multistakeholder Initiatives, Proforest

16:30 - 17:15

Final thoughts

Final thoughts

Ruben Brunsveld

Deputy Director, EMEA, RSPO

Almut Feller

Head of the Steering Committee, Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil

Möllers, Maike_GIZ
Maike Möllers

Deputy Programme Manager, Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA)

Tran Quynh Chi

Regional Director of Asian landscapes and Asia Palm Oil Lead, IDH

17:15 - 17:25
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