Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
(2004; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 47 staff;

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.


Leadership: Beverley Postma (CEO), Carl Bek-Nielsen (Co-Chair) and Anne Rosenbarger (Co-Chair)
Budget: ~$10m