RSPO and ISPO for Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm oil is an important commodity and a versatile raw material for both food and non-food industries. Driven by global demands, the past few decades have seen rapid expansion of palm oil production and cultivation leading to degradation of land, water, ecological, and social impact. This leads to the formation of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) initiative.

What is Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (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 Certification Body for RSPO with authority to audit and certify a 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 organisation to work closely with other like-minded suppliers in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of palm oil plantation and production.

What is Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil System (ISPO)?

Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) is a policy initiated by Indonesian Government in this case Ministry of Agriculture with purpose for increase the competitiveness of Indonesian palm oil in international market and to participate in order to meet the President of Republic of Indonesia's commitment to reduce greenhouse gases as well as giving attention to environmental issues. ISPO implementation will be done to uphold the principles of coaching and advocacy and guidance to palm oil plantations which is the task of government. Therefore, the first phase of implementation of the ISPO certification is classification. This classification is in accordance with the Regulation of the Minister of Agriculture number 07 Year 2009 on Guidelines for Assessment of plantation while the demands of international trade certification is carried out according to international regulations which, among other policy to meet International Standards Organization (ISO)

What are the benefits?

Corporate reputation  & management
  • P&C as a driver for corporate strategy and management system


  • Improved operational efficiency and/or productivity and better access to international markets


  • Improved communication and relationship with workers
  • Improved communication and engagement with stakeholders


  • Mitigate environmental impact on sustainable palm oil production


  • More systematic documentation and access to information on operational and non-operational aspects.
  • Improved compliance of regulatory requirements

How do I get?

Our assessment capabilities are globally recognised and our integrity and independence have been well known amongst our customers. 

Our auditors are also qualified professional  with proficient understanding of local regulations. Our RSPO assessment provides independent verification on the implementation of the requirements againts the RSPO Principles and Criteria.

  • P&C
  • Supply Chain
  • NPP

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 BSI?

  • We pioneered standards more than 100 years ago and today we’re the market leader.
  • We help over 70,000 organizations ranging from top global brands to small ambitious businesses in 150 countries to gain an edge over their competition.
  • Our knowledge can transform your organization.
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