The production of palm oil for food and non-food uses has increased rapidly over the past 20 years.
With this increase in production, has come a growing concern over the sustainability of oil palm cultivation and effects of palm oil production on local populations. In response to these concerns, a group of leading stakeholders and NGOs formed the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2004 to provide a model for responsible oil palm plantation management.
By certifying your palm oil operation against the requirements of the RSPO standard you gain a competitive edge by providing your stakeholders and customers with proof of your understanding and acceptance of the standard. SGS provides comprehensive, transparent Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil Certification for large and small palm oil producers and processors, and to anyone who benefits from sustainable palm oil worldwide.
When you partner with SGS for your RSPO certification, you benefit from our more than 100 years’ experience as respected agricultural product certifiers. Our global, multi-disciplinary network of experts help you to ensure that every link in your supply chain aligns with the RSPO standard.
The RSPO is a volunteer organization that unites the seven groups associated with palm oil production: producers, processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental and social NGOs. RSPO certification is based on the compliance of every step in your supply chain. During an RSPO audit prior to certification, SGS auditors analyze your operational policies and processes to establish compliance with the stated RSPO principles and criteria:
- Compliance with local and international laws and regulations
- Demonstrated commitment to long-term economic and financial variability
- Use of agricultural best practices by growers and millers
- Environmental responsibility including conservation of natural resources and biodiversity
- Responsible consideration for employees and the community affected by cultivation or production
- Responsible management of new plantings
- Commitment to continuous improvement
The Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil reflects the changing demands of your customers and stakeholders. Contact SGS today to learn how you can align your operation with this important new standard.