There are numerous definitions for sustainability and sustainable development, and all of them refer to the three pillars of sustainability – people, planet and profitability. The most commonly quoted definition for sustainable development is based on the Brundtland’s Commission Report, which states that ‘sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations to meet their own needs’. Definitions of sustainability differ based on the situations and purposes. For the oil palm industry, the oil palm is an agriculture crop, thus sustainability means complying with the requirements of sustainable agriculture. The requirements include production of safe, high quality oil palm fruits in a manner that protects the environment, social and economic conditions of growers, health and safety of workers, best practices and surrounding community.
Keywords: MPOB PUBLICATIONS, OIL PALM & PALM OIL INDUSTRY-Malaysia, QUALITY, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, FOOD SAFETY
* Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB),
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