Kuala Lumpur — Nestlé’s membership of industry watchdog the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has been suspended as the Swiss food group failed to submit a report detailing how it would ensure the use of certified sustainable palm oil, the RSPO has said. The RSPO is a body of palm oil producers, consumer companies, and activist groups which provides sustainability certificates for the industry. Certification of environmentally sound behaviour is required by some major palm oil buyers in the West, including major food and confectionary makers, such as Unilever and Mars. The suspension is effective from the announcement and extends to all Nestlé subsidiaries, according to an RSPO statement dated Wednesday. RSPO members are required to specify their action taken over the previous 12 months each year, and plans for the coming year and the longer term on how they will produce or buy certified sustainable palm oil in a report. "Nestlé has not submitted the report for 2016, and for...

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