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).
- 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.
- Impact Data
- Theory of Change – a roadmap that demonstrates how RSPO will achieve its vision; to make sustainable palm oil the norm
- Impact reports
- Research library of 22 research papers
Leadership: Datuk Darrel Webber (CEO)