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Colombian group of companies earns first RSPO certification

Earlier this month, BioD, a group of integrated companies from throughout the palm oil supply chain, from oil palm growers to biodiesel producers, earned its first Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) supply chain certification. According to RSPO, it was an ambitious plan, with a total of 15 Colombia-based companies targeting certification.

At an event held December 14, RSPO’s Technical Manager for Latin America Francisco Naranjo, Consultant for Zero Deforestation Productive Chains for the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development Ivan Dario Valencia, representatives of Fedepalma and Fedebiocombustibles, and directors of the main palm oil companies of the BioD group celebrated this milestone.

This marks the first step in the sustainability strategy of the group, which aims to vertically certify its entire supply chain in 2018. In his speech, Tito Eduardo Salcedo General Manager of BioD said they were humbled to achieve RSPO certification, and credited the achievement to team members in the organisation and in their plantations.

– It is because of their dedication, their visions, and their willingness to constantly improve that we are here today. If I could have managed, I would have wanted all of them to be here with us. Unfortunately, I just don’t think we could have fit 8,300 team members from 15 companies in this room, said Tito Eduardo Salcedo General Manager of BioD (photo courtesy RSPO).

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