Promoting sustainable palm oil practices

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative to make sustainable palm oil the norm. A principal objective is to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through cooperation within the supply chain. To achieve this, the RSPO developed a set of environmental and social criteria for the production of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) to minimize negative impacts from the palm oil plantations and their supply chains.

RSPO standards for oil palm plantations and their supply chains provide assurance that the standard of palm oil production is environmentally and socially sustainable. Producers can claim that they produce, use and/or sell sustainable palm oil if they are RSPO-certified. BSI is globally accredited to the RSPO scheme by the Accreditation Services International (ASI) for Principles and Criteria (P&C) and Supply Chain Certification Standard.

The RSPO Principles and Criteria for the Production of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO P&C) are a series of principles, criteria, indicators and guidance, that are applicable before, during and after any land is developed for oil palm plantings. The P&C provide a framework for palm oil growers and millers to implement sustainable production practices.

Learn more about how BSI can help with RSPO P&C

The RSPO Supply Chain Certification Standard (RSPO SCCS) is a series of auditable requirements used by organizations in the palm oil supply chain to demonstrate systems for control of RSPO-certified palm oil products. This standard provides supply chain integrity back to the palm oil producers by preventing the overselling and mixing of palm oil with conventional (or non-sustainable) oil palm products.

Learn more about how BSI can help with RSPO SCCS

Palm oil traders and distributors do not need to be certified, but instead work under a license scheme. Learn more about the license scheme

Traders and Distributors Licences can sourced from the RSPO website.

What is RSPO?

RSPO was formed in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and usage of sustainable palm oil products through credible international standards. Although the standard was initially developed by RSPO; BSI is accredited as a Certification Body for RSPO with authority to audit and certify an eligible palm oil related organization.

There has been much criticism surrounding the usage of Palm Oil in the industry. By implementing the RSPO framework, you are committing your organization to work closely with other like-minded suppliers in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of palm oil plantation and production.

What is RSPO Supply Chain Certification?

RSPO Supply Chain Certification Systems is an independent chain of custody certification which aims to prove that palm oil has been acquired in a sustainable and ethical way from a certified grower. This involves the whole supply chain - refining, manufacturing, processing, transportation and distribution to provide your business with the traceability required to demonstrate the sustainability of your palm oil. By achieving certification you can prove that you are meeting the expectations of customers and end users in a commitment to the sustainability of palm oil production.

How does palm oil affect your business?

Over 50 million tonnes of palm oil is produced each year globally, supplying over 30% of the world’s vegetable oil production. Palm oil can be present in a wide variety of products, such as bakery goods, confectionary, shampoo, cosmetics, cleaning agents and toothpaste. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, this single vegetable oil is found in 40-50% of household products within Australia.

The way in which palm oil is sourced affects the sustainability of eco-systems, economic development and the well-being of millions of people in indigenous communities. The use of un-sustainable palm oil is becoming increasingly unpopular, damaging brand reputation and affecting the sustainability footprint of businesses globally throughout the supply chain. 

Growth in palm oil production has increased tenfold since 1980, and now stands at around 50 million tonnes per year and projections see 50 percent further growth by 2050. (*1)

The area occupied by palm oil cultivation has expanded globally by 43 percent since the 1990s. As a result, food and non-food related companies are faced with increased pressure to prove that they have acquired the palm oil used in their products from an ethical and sustainable source.


(*1) Palm Oil in Australia - Facts, Issues and Challenges, Net Balance Foundation March 2013

What are the benefits?

RSPO Supply Chain Certification Benefits

Make the most of your certification

As a BSI client you can access a number of resources designed to help you get the most out of your certification. You’ll get regular updates on the latest developments in standards and management systems as well as our training courses and events. The support you receive from your client manager will continue alongside business reviews to help your organization maintain its competitive edge and to continually improve.

Why choose us?

BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including aerospace, automotive, built environment, food, healthcare and ICT. With over 80,000 clients in 172 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.

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