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In the following case materials, we focus specifically on the Indonesian palm oil context due to the major role Indonesia plays in producing palm oil, the drastic expansion of the Indonesian palm oil market, and the lessons that countries experimenting with palm oil can learn from Indonesia’s attempts. The focus is on the environmental and social impacts of palm oil, with an emphasis on exploring existing environmental and social science literature. We highlight areas of scientific certainty, as well as contention, and include questions regarding how groups are attempting to develop sustainable alternatives. Links are provided throughout to useful videos, audio, images, primary literature, news articles, and reports, and to particularly relevant sections of the Yale School of Management’s (SOM) palm oil case. These materials can be read on their own, in sections, or in tandem with the SOM palm oil case, which focuses more on the stakeholder dilemmas presented by palm oil production.