Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

(2004; Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Switzerland; 64 staff; rspo.org)

A non-profit initiative that unites stakeholder to transform the palm oil industry. Their 3,300+ members represent ~20% of palm oil produced worldwide. Palm oil production has lifted millions out of poverty in the tropics but had very negative impacts on the environment therefore RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO).

Activities:

  • Advance the production, procurement, finance and use of sustainable palm oil products
  • Develop, implement, verify, assure and periodically review credible global standards for the entire supply chain of sustainable palm oil
  • Monitor and evaluate the economic, environmental and social impacts of the uptake of sustainable palm oil in the market
  • Engage and commit all stakeholders throughout the supply chain, including governments and consumers.

Projects:

  • The Sustainability College offers a range of online courses, e.g., ‘Best management practices for existing palm oil cultivation on peat. RSPO has developed an elaborate and explicit theory of change. Staff: Indeterminate.
  • Smallholder Engagement Platform – Empowering smallholder farmers and engaging them in sustainable supply chains is essential for making the palm oil market more sustainable.
  • Certification of stakeholders in the palm oil industry
  • RSPO Credits – proof that one ton of certified palm oil was produced. By purchasing Credits, buyers encourage the production of certified sustainable palm oil.

Publications:

Leadership: Datuk Darrel Webber (CEO)

Budget: ~$10m

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