With a total of 310 participants, Saraya was one of the 150 companies involved, as one of the sponsors and as an executive committee member.
The first speaker of the night, Mr. Reza Azmi, representative of Wild Asia, and also the supplier of Saraya’s certified palm oil.
In the middle of the program, the “Sustainable Palm Oil Best Practice Award 2018” by WWF Japan was held, and the “Sumatran Rhino Prize” was given to Saraya for its efforts.
Director Daishima receiving the award in Saraya’s name on stage.
WWF Japan Certificate.
3 main reasons were mentioned for this award:
For being the first business in Japan to start using sustainable palm oil while there was almost no information in Japan.
For joining in 2015, for the first time in Japan, the RSPO, and since 2010, manufacturing products that are certified as an RSPO product.
For, through our websites and events, actively working and improving the procurement of sustainable palm oil and its certification system.
But apart from the prize, we also received the request for helping spread products with certified palm oil, and asked to, using our connections and knowledge, to support improvements on farms, and especially small-scale farmers. These gladly accept these challenges and will keep on working for a better future with sustainable businesses.
Other parts of the night included the launch of the "Japanese Sustainable Palm Oil Network" (JaSPON)", considered the most important part for many of us, and the panel discussion "Practice of palm oil procurement looking forward to 2020".
Nobuo Nakanishi (first row, second from the left), Saraya member and part of the executive committee.