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Palm oil is a commodity used in various consumer-related products, from cosmetics to cleaning products to pre-packaged food. With rising demand for the commodity also comes increased concerns about the risks it poses to the environment and investors. Highlighted concerns about the palm oil sectors include the associated impact of deforestation, pollution, as well as health impact.


Industry players have taken actions to ensure that the growth of the sector is sustainable and to address concerns. For instance, the Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil, a multi-stakeholder forum, provides four supply chain certification systems to facilitate the recognition and development of sustainable palm oil. The million-dollar question, though, still remains – what else can be done to mitigate risks related to the palm oil sector, especially with the soaring demand for the commodity?


In conjunction with CFA Society Indonesia, CFA Society Malaysia, CFA Society Singapore, and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), CFA Institute has organized a webinar on 16 October to unmask the myths of the palm oil industry. Panelists with different POVs within the industry will cover the following topics and more:


  • Outlook of the palm oil industry
  • Investors’ perception and concerns in the industry
  • Key ESG risks of the industry and solutions to the risks
  • Examples of initiatives undertaken by different stakeholders of the industry
  • Regulatory actions undertaken by various governments, if any
This is the archived version of a live webinar that took place on 16 September 2018.


About the Speaker(s)

Eugenie Mathieu

Eugenie is the Senior Analyst on the Aviva Stewardship Funds. This involves coordinating the extensive research into the social, ethical, and environmental screens, engaging with companies on a wide range of ESG issues, and developing thought leadership positions. Prior to consulting, Eugenie worked with EIRIS on the creation of FTSE4Good in 2001, following an MSc in Business and Environment at Imperial College, London. She started her career as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in London and Johannesburg, following a degree in Geography at Oxford University where she specialised in the history of climate change.

Alan Lok
Alan Lok CFA

Alan Lok, CFA, researches and writes on investor protection issues and capital market structure and coauthored a CFA Institute position paper on capital market integrity, titled “Portfolio Pumping in Singapore: Myth or Reality”. Mr. Lok has more than 10 years of equity research experience, spanning various industries and sectors.

Guruprasad Jambunathan

Guruprasad has more than 12 years of experience in equity research and works closely with a wide clientele of buy-side and sell-side firms as well as with academic think-tanks across various continents.He also plays the role of a content strategist and product architect for a financial research digital platform.

Clara Melot

Clara Melot joined ZSL in 2016 as Sustainable Finance Specialist. Her role within the Zoological Society of London focuses on financial sector capacity building and engagement on business and biodiversity issues. Clara has an MA in Marketing and Advertising from La Sorbonne University, through which she gained experience in the corporate partnerships department of WWF-France. She then obtained an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and went on to join the Climate and Forests team at ClientEarth where she spent three years working on FCDO funded projects under "Forest Governance, Markets and Climate" grants.

Rocky Tung
Rocky Tung

Rocky Tung is Director, Capital Markets Policy, Asia Pacific, at CFA Institute.

Rocky has over a decade of experience in economic and policy research, working closely with business leaders, government officials, academics and other stakeholders. He joined the CFA Institute from the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC), where he was the Senior Economist in charge of its macroeconomic, labour and international trade-related policy research functions. Prior to joining HKGCC, he worked at COFACE, a global credit insurer, as the Asia-Pacific Economist covering macroeconomic and sectoral development in the region, before which he managed the Global Supply Chain research project at Asia Global Institute (formerly Fung Global Institute), a think tank based in Hong Kong. Rocky also worked as a macroeconomic and metals and mining equity research analyst at China Construction Bank International and as an investment strategist at Fubon Bank.

Rocky has a master and a bachelor’s degrees, both in Economics, from the University of Hong Kong and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.