Partnerships & Force for Good Programs


P&G is committed to playing a positive role within the communities and environments in which we live, and work and where we source our materials.

This takes us beyond Responsible Sourcing and Compliance Monitoring to become a catalyst for change achieving positive outcomes for communities, individuals, and the environment. Our current programs include:

  • P&G’s 5-year program Enable Smallholder Transformation through sustainable farming practices to boost yields and livelihoods
  • Conserve and Protect through our partnership supporting WWF-Malaysia’s Malayan Tiger conservation efforts
  • Fostering development of programs designed to Protect and Restore Ecosystems – RIMBA Collective
  • Active engagement with a range of multi-stakeholder programs and partnerships to help shape standards and vision of a long-term sustainable palm industry
  • P&G’s 5 Year “Enabling Smallholder Transformation” Program

    Smallholder farmers globally are responsible for growing ~40% of all palm fresh fruit bunches. Enabling the adoption of more sustainable farming practices has the potential to both improve lives and grow sustainable palm production and supply. P&G is committed to working with these farmers to enable them to transform their livelihoods through more efficient and sustainable farming practices.

    In 2018, in Johor State Malaysia we created the P&G Smallholder Training Program - working with smallholders at 17 collection centers in the Bingan Jaya Trader Network. We established the Centre for Sustainable Smallholders (CSS) in collaboration with the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) based at University Tun Hussein Onn. It acts as a “one-stop-shop” resource center with researchers, agronomists and field workers collaborating with supply chain teams to drive on the ground (and in the field) capability. The Center for Sustainable Small-Owners aims to reach 8,000 Smallholders Farmers within 5 years.

    Malaysia Institute for
                        Supply Chain Innovation (MISI)

    Program Goals

  • Promotion of Sustainable and Responsible Palm Agricultural Practices at the Smallholder level
  • Enabling smallholders, via improved sustainable farming practices, to increase yields by +30-50%, thus improving their livelihoods
  • Achieving new RSPO Smallholder Certification – RISS – increasing availability of sustainable palm, boosting livelihoods and ensuring greater smallholder inclusion
  • Progress in Partnership with Experts and Smallholder Farmers

    Improving Livelihoods – Progress in 2020:

  • First 10 smallholders have successfully completed their first of three years of participation in Core Learning Farm Program, 250 more on track during next 12 months
  • Positive progress in palm fresh fruit bunch (FFB) at our 10 Core Learning Farms an increase of +22% in annual yield and +13.5% on annual income vs control farms
  • CSS has successfully completed six field pocket guides on Best Management Practices (BMP) to provide expertise to smallholders.
  • Support Smallholders Working Towards RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard (RISS)

    New RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard (RISS) offers a key way to enable smallholders to boost livelihoods, demonstrate sustainability, and have an RSPO voice:

  • We supporting our Smallholders in their work to register PERTANIAGA (Association for Sustainable Commercial Smallholders) a key step to RSPO certification
  • 257 P&G partner smallholders committed to work toward RISS, with 127 on track to achieve RISS in 2021 (pending audits resuming following COVID-19)
  • We provide support expertise with 4 of our Sustainability Field Officers also qualified as RSPO Smallholder Trainer Academy Master Trainers
  • In 2020, we reported in a case study on our approach to promoting sustainable palm oil and palm kernel oil and our commitment to smallholders. This case study was developed by WWF as part of a publication at WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard Website. Click here to learn more.

    WWF-Malaysia's Tiger Conservation and Protection Program

    P&G is committed to the responsible sourcing of palm oils. This planet is our home and we want to be a positive force for the communities and environments where oil palm is cultivated.

    In 2021, on UN World Wildlife Day (March 3rd), we announced the first of our Conservation and Protection Sponsor Partnership with WWF-Malaysia.

    WWF is working together with P & G

    This 2 year sponsor partnership supports WWF-Malaysia’s efforts to protect Tigers and tiger landscapes in Central Forest Spine of Peninsular Malaysia. The program takes an integrated approach to landscapes focusing on environment, biodiversity and on the people and communities who rely on palm agriculture, including palm, for their livelihoods. The program will be implemented in 4 Forest Linkages in: Belum Temengor, Sungai Yu and 2 forest linkages around the Cameron Highlands. The program is grounded in 3 keystone pillars: Protect-Restore-Produce:


    Via Tiger & Wildlife Patrol Sponsorship; Biodiversity and Habitat Field Assessment for Conservation Advocacy


    Through Rehabilitation of Indigenous Forest Species and creation of forest linkages - including the a vision to create an “eco-viaducts/wildlife corridors” that encourage biodiversity and wildlife transit between existing forests


    Shape advocacy by developing an understanding of Land Use Mapping and engagement with stakeholders including communities

    P&G is a Founding Member supporting the creation of the RIMBA Collective

    P&G is committed to supporting programs focused on protection and restoration of ecosystems and communities. We recognize that (in addition to projects P&G uniquely establishes with partners) to deliver ambitious results we may need to engage as part of multi-stakeholder programs and foster these programs during the early stage of their development. This is why we became a founding member of the RIMBA Collective.

    is a unique palm multi-stakeholder program announced in April 2021 and designed to support long-term, sustainable conservation and restoration of forests and ecosystem services. It aims to provide US$ 1 Billion to protect or restore 500,000 hectares of tropical forest landscapes, supporting 32,000 individuals in forest communities in Southeast Asia over 25 years, starting in Indonesia. The programs identified will be created, managed and led by NGO’s and local communities. Project selection is underway with first project funding and implementation is expected in 2022.


    P&G is committed to playing a positive role through our P&G engagement programs, but we recognize that many challenges can only be resolved through partnership. We need to work with a range of stakeholders and experts to make change happen. This is especially true for change that needs to be driven at scale through industry-wide standards or best practices. This is why P&G engages with multiple cross industry, multi-stakeholder, and expert working groups.

    These partnerships and engagements include:

    RSPO – Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

    P&G is a member of RSPO and actively participates in working groups, standing committees and programs to drive the development and implementation of sustainable palm practices. These include:

  • Review Taskforce to develop the RSPO 2018 Principles and Criteria (P&C) with inclusion of No Deforestation (HCV & HCS) peat and social protection requirements to the standards
  • Partner and Sponsorship of RSPO Smallholder Academy since 2015 develop technical experts who are then able to train farmers in best practices and supporting the “Linking Learning” sessions.
  • Development of the new Independent Smallholder Standard (RISS)
  • Program to develop new Jurisdictional Approach Certification system to support group certification at scale under the RSPO Principle & Criteria (P&C), RISS and Supply Chain Certification (SCC) standard.
  • Shared Responsibility Working Groups to drive uptake of RSPO certified oils
  • P&G is a member of the High Carbon Stock Approach Steering Group (HCSASG)

    HCAS is a methodology and toolkit that sets the standard approach for implementing no deforestation in tropical moist forest landscapes

    Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)

    P&G actively participates in then Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a group of over 400 leading retailers, manufacturers, and service providers. This includes CGF’s “Forest Positive Coalition of Action” comprised of member companies committed to moving efficiently toward a forest positive future and to work to accelerate systematic efforts to remove deforestation, forest degradation and conversion from key commodity supply chains

    Palm Oil Collaboration Group (POCG)

    The Implementation Reporting Framework (IRF) is being developed within the Palm Oil Collaboration Group (POCG) to provide a tool for companies to monitor, understand and communicate progress with implementation of NDPE policy commitments across the entire production base connected to their supply chain. This will allow targeted action where there are issues and ongoing reporting on progress.