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RSPO and Human Rights: Late to the Party?

RSPO is pushing out its credentials on human rights and labour rights, but it’s apparent that the organisation has come to the party a little late as the global debate has ramped up. As we have argued in the past,… Read more
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Decoding Indonesia’s Palm Export Ban

The most significant story that has emerged from Indonesia this month is the possible export ban on palm oil. The announcement resulted in an additional price spike across global oil vegetable markets on the weekend before prices dropped below last… Read more
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Is Europe’s Trade Agenda Tanking in ASEAN?

Did Trevelyan succeed in Jakarta? UK Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan visited Jakarta last month with one primary purpose: salvage the Indonesia-UK roadmap. Sources had indicated that the roadmap had hit some bumps; Indonesia was seeking full recognition for its sustainability… Read more
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UK-Indonesia: A Roadmap to Nowhere?

The UK and Indonesia were set to issue a new pact – known loosely as the Indonesia UK Roadmap – earlier this month. Sources indicate that the signing has effectively stalled. Given how much stock the UK had put into… Read more
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EU Deforestation Regulation: Can We Expect a Trade War?

The draft EU Deforestation Regulation was released by the European Commission in late November. Its approach is simple: ban commodities produced from deforested land. The released version has already caused significant consternation, with arguably the world’s leading trade policy journalist… Read more
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