Palm Oil Producers Foray into Frontier African Markets

Despite facing considerable scrutiny at home over the adverse environmental and social consequences of palm oil production, many Asian companies are moving forward with planned expansions into Africa. In addition to the environmental challenges of operating oil palm plantations, these companies and their investors also face social and reputational risks associated with local community relations, working conditions and land acquisition.

These webinars discussed the challenges and risks surrounding palm oil’s move into Africa from both the investor and corporate perspectives and offered options for mitigation.

Our panelists for the presentations included:

  • Piet Klop, Senior Advisor, Responsible Investments, PGGM Investments
  • Mark Wong, Head Sustainability Reporting, Sime Darby Berhad
  • Gurneesh Bhandal, Associate Analyst, Sustainalytics
  • Jungho Park, Analyst, Sustainalytics
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*Note: Unfortunately we experienced sound quality issues during portions of both webinars, which may make it difficult to hear the speakers. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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The subject for these webinars was based on Sustainalytics' ESG Insight Asia reports. Follow the link to download Palm Oil Producers Foray into Frontier African Markets.

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