Dr Simon Lord wanted to work in the zoo when he was a child. Image: Eco-Business 2019 marked a high point in Dr Simon Lord’s 35-year career, but the chief sustainability officer of palm oil producer Sime Darby Plantation continues to keep his feet firmly planted on ground. Asked what he would do differently if he could start over again, Lord said he would have tackled transparency in his company’s supply chains even earlier. This is in spite of the fact that he helped his employer, Malaysia’s largest palm oil producer, to set an industry benchmark in supply chain transparency with an open-access platform launched in May. The Crosscheck platform allows the public to trace the sources of Sime Darby’s palm oil to the mill level, and seeks to assure buyers of its No Deforestation, Peat and Exploitation (NDPE) pledge. “That was one of the high points not just of the year, but of my career,” Lord told Eco-Business. The Briton’s efforts to promote sustainable palm oil won him a place on the inaugural Eco-Business A-List , a who’s who of Asia Pacific’s most influential corporate sustainability executives who have done the most to make business less harmful for […]

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