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Twitter Chat! #PeopleBehindPalmOil On Wednesday, October 3

By Leon Kaye

Next week, please join us for a 1-hour Twitter Chat with Singapore-based palm oil company Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), Nestlé, WBCSD, and 3BL Media as we discuss #PeopleBehindPalmOil.

The Twitter Chat will occur on Wednesday, October 3, at 10am GMT (London) / 1pm GST (Dubai) / 5pm SGT (Singapore and Indonesia). If you're up early on the U.S. East Coast, join us - at 5am ET.

As palm oil is an ingredient in over half of the food and consumer products manufactured worldwide, there has been increasing demand to ensure that this commodity is grown and produced responsibly and sustainably. This Twitter Chat with GAR will focus on ongoing changes across the global palm oil supply chain, along with the company’s efforts to boost transparency and traceability.

According to GAR, sustainability is an integral part of the company's business. GAR says it realizes that being a sustainable palm oil company requires a consistent approach and examination of its entire value chain. In 2015, GAR combined its forest conservation, social and community engagement and yield improvement policies into what it calls the GAR Social and Environmental Policy, or GSEP – and details about this program will be discussed during the October 3 Twitter Chat.

In addition, the 60-minute #PeopleBehindPalmOil chat will shine a light on people, from those who work on farms and in labs, alone with the stakeholders who are partnering with the global palm oil industry to ensure that it is accountable. Together, they are all are striving to realize GAR’s vision of a sustainable palm oil sector.

Practitioners in the corporate responsibility or sustainability space, supply chain managers, consumers concerned about where their food is made and professionals working at NGOs are among those who should benefit from participating in the chat, as Golden Agri is keen to share what they've learned and how their moving forward toward sourcing sustainable palm oil.

Hosting the chat are us here at 3BL Media (@3BLMedia) and TriplePundit (@TriplePundit); joining us are the following panelists:

  • Anita Neville, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Sustainability Relations at Golden Agri-Resources (@Aussieneets)

  • Dr. Paul Wassell, Head of Research and Development at Golden Agri-Resources (@GAR_Sinarmas)

  • Anna Turrell, Head of Sustainability at Nestle (@anna_turrell)

  • Matthew Reddy, Director of Climate-Smart Agriculture at WBCSD (to be confirmed)
Topics of the October 3 chat include:

  • The driving forces behind changes across the global palm oil sector

  • What consumers should consider when purchasing products made with palm oil

  • GAR’s drive to increase its supply chain’s transparency and traceability

  • Market forces that will drive the future of the palm oil industry over the next several years

  • How stakeholders’ concerns are having an impact on GAR’s commitment to sustainability
Tips to get the most out of the #PeopleBehindPalmOil Twitter Chat:

  • Follow the main participants and #PeopleBehindPalmOil hashtag

  • Share tweets you think your followers will appreciate

  • Follow interesting participants during and after the chat

  • Submit questions before the event to promote a more dynamic discussion

  • Use the #PeopleBehindPalmOil hashtag on comments that you want to share with the community

Of course, we appreciate you spreading the word with this tweet:

On Wednesday, 3 October at at 5pm SGT/10am BT/1pm GST, join @gar_sinarmas, @Aussieneets, @wbcsd & @anna_turrell of @Nestle as they talk about #PeopleBehindPalmOil: http://bit.ly/2QBdTnJ

WHEN: Wednesday, October 3, at 10am GMT / 1pm GST / 5pm SGT.

WHERE: Join the conversation on Twitter, or on a third-party platform such as TweetDeck or Hootsuite, by following #PeopleBehindPalmOil

New to our Twitter chats? Don’t worry! Read this.

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Leon Kaye has written for 3p since 2010 and become executive editor in 2018. His previous work includes writing for the Guardian as well as other online and print publications. In addition, he's worked in sales executive roles within technology and financial research companies, as well as for a public relations firm, for which he consulted with one of the globe’s leading sustainability initiatives. Currently living in Central California, he’s traveled to 70-plus countries and has lived and worked in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.

Leon’s an alum of Fresno State, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Southern California's Marshall Business School. He enjoys traveling abroad as well as exploring California’s Central Coast and the Sierra Nevadas.

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