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Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

RSPO is a non-profit association, established in 2004 that has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), These criteria can help minimise the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions. Products using RSPO certified palm oil can use the RSPO trademark.

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Standard Summary

To produce CSPO:

  • No primary forests or areas which contain significant concentrations of biodiversity (e.g. endangered species) or fragile ecosystems, or areas which are fundamental to meeting basic or traditional cultural needs of local communities (high conservation value areas), can be cleared.

  • Reduced use of pesticides and fires

  • All organization that take legal ownership and physically handles RSPO Certified Sustainable plam oil must be certified

  • At a product level, both of the following are allowed: segregated palm oil (which contains 100% certified palm oil) and mass balance palm oil (where the business buys mixed certified and non-certified palm oil and matches inputs and outputs).

  • Farms and Mills are audited in person.

  • Certification is valid 5 years

Additional Resources

RSPO Standard