Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Founding Year: 2004

Staff: 47

Budget: ~$10m

Beverley Postma (CEO)

A non-profit initiative that unites stakeholder to transform the palm oil industry. Its 3,300+ members represent ~20% of palm oil produced worldwide. RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO).


  • 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.


  • 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.



Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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