International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark
                        

(POFCAP)

The POFCAP Team

Our International Palm Oil Free Certification Team consists of dedicated, passionate, knowledgeable & dedicated women who over the last 10 years have educated themselves about all aspects of the palm oil issue and palm oil derivatives.


Since 2009 the team has also initiated projects in conjunction with Indonesian NGO's to encourage the reforestation of damaged rain forests, the rescue & rehabilitation of Indonesian wildlife and the enrichment of animal enclosures in Indonesian Zoos. 

Our International Certification Programme  a world first, has been approved by the Australian, Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), IP Australia & the IP Offices of 15 countries around the world and with applications pending in 5 others.


We are active professionals from the business, education, research & government sectors. Most members of the team have researched palm oil ingredients for many years and in the past, even formulated palm oil free products.


In 2014 several members, along with others were instrumental in creating a supermarket bar code palm oil phone app and have spent  many years educating consumers about palm oil through various projects, social media and campaigns. 


We have created this International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark to enable us to administer an independent Palm Oil Free Certification Programme and assist consumers in their right to make a considered choice whilst using the profits to help rainforests and animals.

MISSION STATEMENT

POFCAP's goals are 2 fold ;

1) To enable consumers, who wish to avoid palm oil for allergy, dietary or ethical reasons, to see at a quick glance if a product, company or process is palm oil free. When consumers see the certification trademark on a product's packaging or as a part of a companies marketing they know it has been thoroughly researched and certified by an International and Independent Certification Trademark Programme.

2) To create a alternate funding stream and distribute all profit from this Certification Trademark back into organisations working hard to protect rainforests around the world and all they contain.

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WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR THIS CERTIFICATION TRADEMARK?

Many palm oil free claims are made by companies who's products are not palm oil free. Most of these incorrect claims are innocent and are due to the lack of knowledge of the 1,000's of palm oil derivative ingredients palm oil is turned into.

This Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark was also created because whilst we support the idea of the palm oil industry being encouraged to produce 100% certified sustainable palm oil currently only 19% of all palm oil produced is said to be certified sustainable. To reach this level has taken nearly 15 years. We understand that our desire for 100% of all palm oil produced to be certified sustainable is a mammoth task that will take time. We believe the effort to protect the world's rainforests requires a multi-pronged approach and will not be tackled by one organisation alone.

We recognise all the work being undertaken by the organisations below that have been working hard over the last decade and half to discourage deforestation and educate both the public and the industry. 

The Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG)
The PONGO Alliance
The Orangutan Land Trust (OLT)
Rainforest Action Network
Greenpeace
The Forest Trust (TFT)
The Rainforest Alliance
The Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
Indonesian Auditor Network

The aim of the organisations above to make the palm oil industry accountable and to halt deforestation continues. 

 Our Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark will accept applications for any product in any category.

We understand many people wish to avoid products that contain palm oil and palm oil derivatives.

Up until now, partly due to the complexity of palm oil and its multitude of derivatives there was no easy way to determine if a product was genuinely palm oil free. This issue drove us to develop a Certification Programme which guarantees consumers that any product that displays our Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark has been audited & certified by POFCAP using strict international criteria, rules and standards.


The aim of the organisations above to make the palm oil industry accountable and to halt deforestation continues. 


Look for the ALTERNATE NAMES FOR PALM OIL list in our consumer section.