The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative on sustainable palm oil. Members and participants in its activities come from many different backgrounds and include environmental NGOs, banks and investors, growers, processors, manufacturers and retailers of palm oil products and social NGOs. They come from many countries that produce or use palm oil. The principal objective of the RSPO is “to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through co-operation within the supply chain and open dialogue between its stakeholders.”
The RSPO Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Palm Oil Production (Including Indicators and Guidance October 2007) are the global guidelines for producing palm oil sustainably. They have been described as the world’s toughest standards for sustainable agriculture production and have been variously adapted for other crops. No public claims relating to sustainable palm oil production, to the RSPO P & C, can be made without RSPO approved third party inspection.
The palm oil supply chain, from the tropics to its use as an ingredient in retail productts all over the world, is is complex. To preserve the integrity of RSPO palm oil, players along the supply chain wishing to use it have to do so transparently to allow traceability. The transparency and traceability is assured through RSPO Supply Chain Certification.