Palm oil is used in several foodstuffs. Palm oil is an important source of income to the national economies of the countries which produce it. Oil palm is an oil plant that gives the best crop per area under cultivation. However, the expansion of palm oil production to new areas in the tropics is causing growing concern for the environment. Responsibility must be applied in the production of palm oil, taking financial, social and environmental aspects into account.
Kesko recommends the use of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) to manufacturers of Pirkka products and Kespro's Menu products. The objective is that all palm oil used in Pirkka products and Kespro's Menu products will be CSPO by the year 2020.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes sustainable production of palm oil. RSPO members include palm oil growers and processors, food manufacturers and large store chains. The organisation has several hundreds of members in all. See www.rspo.org. Kesko is a member of the RSPO.