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Carotech's Sustainability Policy

  • Carotech strives to ensure only sustainably produced crude palm oil from plantations within Peninsular Malaysia is used in the production of our products.
  • These plantations are RSPO members committed to RSPO Principles and Criteria.
  • Carotech is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) organization since 2007. 
  • Committed to principles and criteria of sustainable plantation. 
  • Carotech does not purchase palm oil from Indonesia or Borneo.

Downloadable attachments
1. Sustainability of Palm Oil – Carotech’s Commitment
2. Some Important Points on Sustainability of Malaysian Palm Oil

Extensive preservation efforts undertaken by authorities in Peninsular Malaysia
 
There are three primary producing regions: Peninsula Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia.

In Peninsular Malaysia, all crude palm oil plantations are on existing crop land (more than 20 years old). There are no sustainability issues with palm oil from Peninsular Malaysia, as growers in that region observe sustainable plantation practices.

Customers who buy Carotech’s red palm oil or dietary supplements made with Carotech’s phytonutrients extracts (www.carotech.net or www.tocotrienol.org) from virgin crude palm oil sourced in Peninsular Malaysia, can be assured that these products do not come from palm trees grown on new plantations or plantations from cleared rain forest.

Malaysia currently maintains more than 50 percent of its land under forest cover, according to the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry. Total land area under forests in Malaysia stood at 18.48 million hectares (ha) or 56.4 percent of its total land area, as of 2010. This includes Sabah and Sarawak, located in Borneo. The Ministry further notes that under a national tree-planting campaign, Malaysia had planted 8.5 million trees covering an area of 9,611 hectares as of March 2011.
 
The government has dedicated 1.83 million hectares as a network of protected areas for the conservation of biological diversity. These areas include reserve forests, national parks, wildlife reserves and sanctuaries, nature reserves, bird sanctuaries and marine parks.
 
Roundtable on Sustainable of Palm Oil (RSPO)

Peninsular Malaysia’s palm oil producers are committed to the practices and criteria of sustainable plantation. Carotech has been a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable of Palm Oil (RSPO, www.rspo.org) since 2007.

The RSPO was formally established under Article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code on 8 April 2004 in Zurich, Switzerland. It was created by companies involved with the entire palm oil supply chain to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil. Its aim is to bring together members of the community working on palm oil to discuss and to cooperate towards this common goal. Members also collaborate with WWF to ensure the protection of forest, etc.
 
RSPO is composed of members in seven different categories (i.e. oil palm growers, palm oil processors and/or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks / investors, environmental / nature conservation NGOs and social / developmental NGOs) and Affiliate Members. RSPO members implement plans of actions to promote sustainable palm oil production. This means that palm oil growers joining the Roundtable should apply better management practices, including identifying forest areas of high conservation value i.e. High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) before establishing new plantations or expanding existing ones. HCVFs must not be converted, and their values must be either preserved or enhanced.
 
More about these preservation actions can be found on the Friends of Palm Oil (http://www.friendsofpalmoil.com/) website. This is an interactive site that educates and informs visitors on palm oil sustainability as well as advances in the palm oil industry.

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