Nomination for Board of Governors Election


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Name Of Organisation: Forest Peoples Programme
Membership Number: 700171300000
Name Of Nominee: Marcus Colchester
Position In The Organisation: Senior Policy Advisor

Summary of Nominee Profile
Marcus Colchester is an Oxford University-trained anthropologist with master’s degree in Zoology and a doctorate in Social Anthropology, who has carried out field work over 45 years with forest peoples around the tropics and in Siberia. In 1990, he founded and directed the international human rights organisation, Forest Peoples Programme, for which he now acts as Senior Policy Advisor. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Oxford Brookes University, the Lucy Mair Medal for Applied Anthropology from the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a Pew Conservation Fellowship in recognition of his contributions to conservation. He has published extensively in peer reviewed scientific journals as well as numerous books and ‘grey literature’, including about palm oil. He has acted as a consultant for diverse organisations including FAO, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, ICRAF, CIFOR, WWF, Greenpeace and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He was appointed as an Expert for the International Labour Organisation’s Commission on the Revision of ILO Convention 107 and was involved in the drafting of ILO Convention 169, which replaced it. He also led the participatory consultations with indigenous peoples for the World Commission on Dams and the Extractive Industries Review, both of which then adopted policies requiring indigenous peoples’ Free, Prior and Informed Consent. He has provided expert testimony to hearings of various legislatures including US Congress, UK Parliament and European Parliament. He has engaged continuously with RSPO since 2004 and has participated in most of the standard-setting committees relating to land rights and human rights (Criteria WG, Certification WG, P&C Revision Task Forces, NPP WG, HRWG, BHCVWG, DSF Advisory Group etc. and for several years led the Task Force on Smallholders). He is principal author of RSPO’s 2008 and 2015 Guides on FPIC. He is a member of the IUCN Task Force on Oil Palm in representation of the Commission on Economic, Environmental and Social Policy. He is a member of the Forest Stewardship Council and is on the Executive Committee of The Forest Dialogue.

Summary of Organisation Profile
Forest Peoples Programme is a human rights organisation that defends the rights of forest peoples to their lands, livelihoods and to control their own future. It is based in the UK and legally registered in the UK and the Netherlands as a Charity and Stitching (respectively). Operating in some 22 countries world-wide with about 35 staff, the social NGO has been tracking the palm oil sector for some 20 years. FPP has been active on all the main standard setting and compliance committees of the RSPO for the past nine years.


Name Of Organisation: Oxfam International
Membership Number: 700010400000
Name Of Nominee: Madeleine Brasser
Position In The Organisation: Senior Advisor Fair Value Chains and Food Systems

Summary of Nominee Profile
For over 10 years Madeleine has advised local CSO partner organisations in South East Asia, Africa and Latin America in their work on making value chains fair, gender and smallholder inclusive while promoting human rights. She has engaged with multiple private sector companies across the value chains of palm oil, rice, seafood and cocoa. In addition, Madeleine has engaged with major (Dutch) investors and represents Oxfam at the OECD pension fund co-venant on palm oil with a focus on the clients of the pension funds in Indonesia and Liberia. Together with FMCGMs, traders and investors Madeleine has co-created an alternative business model, the FAIR company community partnership, that is curently being piloted in Indonesia.

Madeleine has co-chaired the RSPO Human Rights Working Group since 2016.

Before joining Oxfam, Madeleine worked for the ILO (rural planning), UNDP (environment) in Asia and Africa, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (renewable energy) and as researcher/lecturer for the Free University of Amsterdam and the Wageningen University and Research Centre. Madeleine is a social anthropologist and was trained at the Leyden University and the Wageningen University and Research Centre.

Summary of Organisation Profile
Oxfam is a global movement of people, working together to end injustice of poverty. Oxfam tackles the inequality that keeps people poor. People's vulnerability to poverty and suffering is increased by unequal power relations; women, who make up a majority of the world's poor, are especially disadvantaged. Working together we can build a just and safer world, in which people take control over their own lives and enjoy their basic human rights. To overcome poverty and suffering involves changing unjust policies and practices, nationally and internationally, as well as working closely with people in poverty. Oxfam International is a confederation of 21 member organizations working together with over 3,500 partners in 67 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. Advancing the social aspects of the palm oil sector has the potential to contribute to that mission. Oxfam's focus is on improving the livelihoods of people living in poverty, especially women in communities near plantations, including smallholder farmers, (plantation) workers, and disenfranchised groups, such as indigenous peoples. In all its work Oxfam applies a gender lens. Sustainable palm oil needs effective and credible verification and governance systems. Oxfam is committed to help establish these to ensure that people living in poverty benefit from RSPO.