The Students’ Union to commit to only stocking products containing palm oil that is Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified

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Palm oil is the most widely used plant-based oil in the world. The Students’ Union stocks many products containing this oil, as it is found in everything ranging from cosmetics to chocolate. Unfortunately, its unregulated production is responsible for the mass destruction of some of the most pristine rainforests on the planet, namely in Malaysia. Whilst some suggest boycotting palm oil, it is significantly higher yielding than any other vegetable oil, meaning the land required to produce the same amount from another source would be much much greater.


The RSPO ensures that existing forest is protected, biodiversity is improved on plantations, and that people’s livelihoods are not sacrificed. We propose that The Students’ Union should commit to only supplying products containing palm oil that are Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified – in order to protect both rainforests and their communities.


UWE is currently working alongside the Eden Project to improve the biodiversity of palm oil plantations using birds nest ferns, find out more below:


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Actions Taken

  • This Idea opened on 09th October 2017 and closed for voting on 30th October 2017.
  • This Idea has conditionally passed. Work will start on this Idea unless it is vetoed by 50%+1 of the Student Council Meeting on 28 Nov 2017. Click here for more info

  • November 2017: Student Council agreed to pass this Idea. This Idea has been sent to The Executive for work to begin.

  • January 2018: The SU will look into lobbying NUSSL as they control the main elements of our supply chain. 

  • April 2021: This is idea has been completed, and is something the SU have committed to.


Layla Redway - Maguire
10:57pm on 30 Oct 17 Can I register a vote for this here instead? I would really like to see UWE sourcing produce that didn't destroy our beautiful world and palm oil is a great place to start. I'm a registered member of the SU, I'm on the Green Team and the sustainably committee, what else do I have to join to have a say??
Layla Redway - Maguire
10:54pm on 30 Oct 17 Why is it telling me it's a members only poll?? I want to vote, what do I have to do??
Jack Light
10:08pm on 30 Oct 17 We need to stop being apathetic towards the problems facing our world... Student unions should be taking the lead on environmental issues in lieu of real leadership from our government. Banning the things that are literally destroying our planet should be the absolute bare minimum.
Kate Sanderson
10:52am on 16 Oct 17 If we can promote sustainable palm oil at a base area for campus then it improves awareness across the board to a lot of students and they can then extend that awareness further
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