Germany hosts conference on deforestation-free supply chains and sustainable palm oil production
The German development (BMZ) and agriculture (BMEL) ministries co-hosted a conference on the link between consumption and deforestation: “Approaches for sustainable and deforestation-free supply chains – cross-learnings from palm oil, cocoa and soy”. Minister Schmidt (BMEL) emphasized that Germany will aim to reach 100% sustainable palm oil production. Similar achievements could be made in cocoa and soy production if public and private stakeholders exchange knowledge and cooperate on supply chain management.
This conference occurred in the context of Germany's leadership role in the Amsterdam Group. This group - comprised by Germany, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Denmark - was consituted in December 2015 with the signing of the Amsterdam Declaration, which included the commitment to purchase 100% sustainable palm oil by the year 2020.