desirable in india
A recent study from the DuPont Green Living Survey: India,
conducted by TNS Global, found that a majority of Indian consumers are familiar with green products, have confidence that
green products are better for the environment, and feel that
biobased ingredients enhance the desirability of products. The
survey, which was the third such study by DuPont following
surveys conducted in North America and China, took place in
12 major Indian cities with 1,270 respondents giving face-to-face interviews.
More than 63% of consumers said they were familiar with
green products and of those, 85% have confidence that such
products are better for the environment. These respondents
indicated that biobased ingredients not only make a product
“green” but also provide better performance, which is critical
to long-term adoption.
Indian respondents’ confidence in green products, at
85%, is higher than the confidence level expressed by consumers in other countries surveyed by DuPont. Previous studies
showed Chinese consumers with 70% confidence, Canadian
with 65%, and US respondents with 60%. However, Canada
and the United States lead in overall familiarity with green
products over India and China.
Across the Indian market, roughly half of consumers recognize the term biobased in conjunction with green products
and say that biobased ingredients enhance the desirability of
a product, enough so that they would consider paying a premium price for these products.
malaysian Sustainable Palm
Oil Standard in effect
A new Malaysian palm oil certification council was expected
to be operational by January 2015 to oversee the Malaysian
Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standard, according to a report
in November 2014 by the Reuters news service.
The standard—which includes seven principles including management commitment and responsibility, transparency, compliance with legal requirements, best practices, and
development of new planting—was originally announced in
September 2013; implementation had been expected in 2014.
The standard is applicable to independent smallholders, plantations, organized smallholders, and palm oil mills.
“The inclusion of smallholders in the MSPO standard is
especially significant because smallholders comprise up to
40% of the total area planted to oil palm in Malaysia,” Douglas Uggah Embas, minister of plantation industries and commodities, said in a statement. “The challenge now is to work
toward widespread national implementation and international
recognition and acceptance of this set of auditable standards.”
In related news from November 2014, IOI Loders Croklaan
announced that it has joined the group of palm oil producers and traders promising to abide by a zero deforestation
policy in sourcing palm oil. That group includes Golden-Agri
Resources, Wilmar, Cargill, and Bunge. Loders’ parent corporation, IOI Group, had not made a similar commitment as
Inform went to press.
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