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A sustainability wake-up call for Malaysian consumers – and the rest of us

Malaysian-based writer Iylia Aziz recently encouraged local consumers to be more aware that the country’s huge production of palm oil (21 million tons in 2017) has major implications for themselves, the country and the rest of the world.

In the article, published in Vulcan Post on September 2017, she states that “within the ASEAN region, community awareness is still very low when it comes to sustainability” and explains how the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is working to raise awareness and stimulate positive action toward sustainable production among stakeholders ranging from growers to manufacturers, retailers, government, NGOs and, of course, consumers.

The article was written in collaboration with the RSPO, and Iylia does a great job of breaking the palm oil issue into bite-sized pieces that get across a compelling message: Every one of us has a role to play in ensuring that the palm oil we use is certified to be sustainably produced, helping to protect the environment and local communities, too.

About the author

Lisa Drejer Mortensen

Lisa Drejer Mortensen has worked at Palsgaard for more than 20 years and has since she first participated in the implementation process on strategic CSR at Palsgaard in 2010 focused strongly on strategic CSR management, reporting and project management. Lisa has participated in a number of CSR related seminars and conferences in Europe, CSR-net-workings, and is a member of the Task Force Group on Sustainable Palm oil of Denmark and has gone through an RSPO endorsed Training Course on RSPO certification. She manages the CSR tasks at Palsgaard as well as trademark registrations. She holds a Bachelor in Business Export and diplomas in specialised business studies from Odense Business School and Odense Technical School.

Her email is: ldm@palsgaard.dk