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Press Release: Even in times of crisis: Sustainability is indispensable | Direktlink/ Share

Even in times of crisis: Sustainability is indispensable

The Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP) considers the use of palm oil from non-sustainable sources not to be a suitable substitute for Ukrainian sunflower oil.

In view of supply shortages of sunflower oil as a consequence of the Ukraine war, Almut Feller, chairwoman of FONAP, warns: "Shortages shall not lead to the increased use of palm oil of non-sustainable origin. It would be a big mistake to set food security and sustainability against each other. The use of palm oil must originate from certified sustainable production."

Food supplies in Germany are secure, but rising prices and supply problems for individual products are likely.

The current crisis, triggered by the invasion of Ukraine, is no reason to back away from sustainability goals. On the contrary, only sustainable agricultural supply chains offer a secure food supply in Germany and elsewhere for the future.

FONAP offers good and important answers on how this can be achieved for palm oil and what measures are needed: For more information on the Forum's work, visit


About the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil

The Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP) is a multi-stakeholder partnership consisting of over 50 German companies, associations, non-governmental organizations, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The FONAP Secretariat is coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the association.

The goal of FONAP is to promote sustainable agricultural supply chains with a focus on palm oil. Since its formation in 2015, FONAP has been committed to more sustainable palm oil cultivation in the countries of origin. The aim is to increase the uptake of certified sustainable palm oil in food, feed and chemical products and to incorporate and apply human rights along the entire supply chain. Companies bring themselves into the multi-actor partnership to address challenges such as upholding their human rights due diligence obligations as well as certification issues together - and not just in-company. Various participation formats are open to FONAP members, such as exchanging ideas at professional events, participating in working groups, or supporting a FONAP smallholder project.

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