Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
Committed to making a difference to humanity, Darrel has certainly chosen a path that allows him to do so, within an area that he possesses passion and expertise in.
Darrel Webber joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as Secretary General in January 2011. Darrel brings with him close to 20 years of experience with reputable multinational organizations.
With prior working experience in an international environmental NGO and the private sector, Webber is geared to lead RSPO, a not-for-profit association that unites stakeholders from seven sectors of the palm oil industry – namely oil palm producers, palm oil processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental or nature conservation NGOs and social or developmental NGOs – with a goal to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.
Having assumed accountabilities that entailed in-depth knowledge of the palm oil industry as well as environmental and sustainability aspects, Webber is well positioned to provide strategic insights on the significance of sustainable palm oil amidst an expanding environmentally and socially conscious world.
He joins RSPO from the position of Senior Associate of Global Sustainability Associates, a role that put him in an advisory role to companies and organizations on issues pertaining to sustainable agricultural development, including sustainable palm oil.
Prior to his tenure at Global Sustainability Associates, he was a Senior Manager for Palm Oil Sector Engagement at WWF-International, during which he was assigned to represent the organization in various international conferences and spoke on behalf of WWF-International to the media. As a Senior Manager, Webber was tasked to engage with corporations and NGOs within the international palm oil supply line, towards the production and procurement of sustainably developed palm oil.
Webber was initially brought in to WWF to lead the Kinabatangan Corridor of Life program and, within a period of six months after that, was asked to lead another WWF program called the Forest Conversion Initiative Program.
Webber started his career in the private sector, with stints as regional manager for companies such as Permanis Sandilands, Sdn. Bhd. and Shell Malaysia, Ltd. He graduated with a civil engineering degree from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.