China's Grand Oils & Fats (Dongguan) Co Ltd (GIHDG) has obtained the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain Certification Standard (MSPO SCCS), the first company outside Malaysia to do so.
GIHDG's success is attributed to the efforts of the Palm Oil Research and Technical Services Institute of Malaysian Palm Oil Board (PORTSIM) China and the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC).
Director-general of Malaysia Palm Oil Board (MPOB) Datuk Dr. Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir said GIHDG had been certified with MSPO SCCS since October 21 this year.
"PORTSIM in China has initiated and facilitated this engagement in December 2021 that marks the beginning of this historical achievement," he said.
GIHDG is an edible oil processing company and one of the leaders of plant-based oils and fats industry in China.
It has been verified and awarded the MSPO SCCS Certificate by Bureau Veritas Certification (M) Sdn Bhd, an accredited certification body under the MSPO Certification Scheme.
"GIHDG can now confidently and credibly provide products made from sustainably produced palm oil to their clients and end users all around the world.
"MSPO standards complement the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals 2030 especially on responsible consumption and production, decent work and economic growth, life on land, zero hunger and climate change," said Ahmad Parveez.
He added that in order to ensure that the standards are capable of addressing sustainable production, including worldwide concern on environmental and social concerns, MSPO had recently undergone a review and was now known as MSPO 2022.
"The MSPO Trace platform will help the value chain by tracking palm oil products from their sources and all the way through the supply chain," he said.
China has historically and regularly sourced its palm products from Malaysia.
Exports of Malaysian palm products to China have tripled from 1.02 million tons in 2000 to 3.13 million tons in 2021.