As the international leader of palm oil production, Indonesia plays an important role in mitigating environmental impacts and ensuring a sustainable product for consumers around the world. In this pursuit a multistakeholder approach to define and address the underlying root causes limiting the sustainability of the sector is required. In October 2014 the Ministry of Agriculture and its partners launched the Forum Kelapa Sawit Berkelanjutan Indonesia (FoKSBI) to coordinate the entire sector and existing initiatives focused on the sustainability of palm oil. Over the course of two years InPOP’s multistakeholder participants will agree on a national action plan, which will define and enable wide-scale solutions for the production of sustainable Indonesian palm oil.
A national commodity platform is a mechanism for government to convene and coordinate the public and private sector in an effort to develop a national action plan. A platform therefore builds on the work voluntary schemes and other various organisations have begun with an aim to encourage cooperation between existing initiatives.
The advantage of a platform such as InPOP is in the multistakeholder dialogue, which strengthens efforts to achieve sustainability by providing the right combination of expertise and analysis to scale-up action in priority areas. Based on their respective responsibilities and expertise, the right set of stakeholders can identify the challenges and “co-create” solutions. This results in broader ownership, greater trust and understanding between actors, which ultimately leads to the overall adoption of sustainable production and trade of palm oil.
"To create a forum in Indonesia which enables collective agreement on sustainable and systematic solutions for the production of palm oil that is respectful to the environment, expands social benefits and improves Indonesia’s market competiveness."