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Palm Oil Production Concerns

A Letter from the President

Monday August 18, 2008

Organic, Sustainable and Fair Trade Palm Oil Products
from Ciranda and the
Agropalma Group

Many US and Canadian Manufacturers of products containing palm oil have been receiving letters and calls from concerned consumers and rainforest protection groups. Some of the serious problems related to the production of palm oil products include the destruction of vital ecosystems, the contribution to global climate change, the displacement of Indigenous people and small family farmers and production through exploitative labor practices. These are all concerns that Ciranda and our palm oil producer Agropalma address and work towards eradicating on a daily basis.

In the world there are many palm oil companies, each with their own environmental and social performance level. In the case of Ciranda and the Agropalma Group, the dedication to sustainability, the environment and fair trade is the core of our mission and philosophy. We are devoted to ensure that our production of palm oil - and all of our other products — is partnered with sustainability, organic production standards, and the fair treatment of farmers and employees.

The Agropalma organic palm oil project started more than 10 years ago in an agricultural area of the Amazon delta near Belem in Brazil. Since then, Agropalma has reforested 185,000 acres of previously cultivated land, which consequentially led to the rehabilitation of 7 previously endangered animal species. All of the organic production is done in accordance with Brazilian, USDA/NOP, and European standards and is verified by the Brazilian certifier IBD. The Agropalma project has also been approved as one of the first EcoSocial projects in Brazil, a seal issued by the IBD Program for fair relations in the trade of socially and environmentally certified products (and governed by rigid standards and requirements that are not easily met).

Since 2002 Agropalma Group has also implemented the Integrated Management System, which qualified them for triple certification (ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) for all production processes. And, the Agropalma Group is the only palm oil company in the world that holds all three of these certificates.

In 2004, Agropalma Group started its Fauna Assessment and Monitoring Program as a way to assist in the selection of reserves for the establishment of a Natural Heritage Private Reserve (RPPN). Currently, about 406 species of birds and 37 species of mammals have been identified and registered in Agropalma’s Reserves, 13 of them classified as rare or in danger of extinction.

Agropalma’s social and environmental work is not limited to rainforest reserves. There are many other social and environmental programs and projects, including the Degraded Lands Recovery Program, that has already recovered more than 12.500 hectares of degraded pastures. Agropalma Group has a policy of never replacing forest with plantations.

According to RAN (Rainforest Action Network), manufacturers are urged to contact their palm oil suppliers and ask them to “provide a supply that can be independently verified as not being derived from recently cleared tropical rainforests”. At Ciranda we guarantee that our palm oil comes from long established palm plantations and small scale farms, which re-establish forest on deforested lands and that these farms are cultivated in a sustainable & organic manner.

On a final note, we invite you to come to Brazil to assess the sustainability level of Agropalma production process with your own eyes!

Hans Friese,

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