Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

RSPO is the global standard for sustainable palm oil. Palm oil producers are certified through strict verification of the production process to the stringent RSPO Principles & Criteria for Sustainable Palm Oil Production by accredited Certifying Bodies, and can be withdrawn at any time in case of infringement of the rules and standards.

All organizations in the supply chain that use RSPO certified sustainable oil products are audited to prevent overselling and mixing palm oil with conventional (or non-sustainable) oil palm products. 

RSPO Principles and Criteria are developed and revised every five years.  The standards setting process is done following best practices as stipulated by ISEAL

No public claims relating to compliance with the RSPO Principles and Criteria can be made without third-party verification and certification by an independent, accredited Certification Body.

The Accreditation Body will certify sustainable palm oil production, as stated in the RSPO Certification Systems. Growers will be assessed for certification once every 5 years, and if certified, will be annually assessed for continued compliance (the cost of audits will be borne by the producer who seeks RSPO certification).

After 5 years the main assessment will be repeated.

About the RSPO Principles & Criteria:

  1. No primary forests or areas which contain significant concentrations of biodiversity or fragile ecosystems or areas which are fundamental to meeting basic or traditional cultural need s of local communities can be cleared
  2. significantly reduced use of pesticides  and fires
  3. fair treatment of workers according to local and international labour rights standards
  4. the need to inform and consult with local communities before the development of new plantations on their land