How to Apply

Basic Considerations

For parties who are interested to become members of the RSPO, the documents indicated below serve as important background information:

RSPO RSPO-Statutes and By-laws
RSPO Code of Conduct for Ordinary & Affiliate members
RSPO Code of Conduct for Supply Chain Associate members

The Code of Conduct is an important requirement for all members to understand and accept as the RSPO reserves the right to withdraw membership if the requirements are not complied with.

Once you have read through these documents and understood the role your organization can play, you may complete the application form indicating the type of membership applied for. Guidelines for the 3 membership types are provided below for you to select from. Nevertheless, members will be appropriately advised if the type of membership they have applied for is incorrect.

All membership applications go through a process whereby background research is undertaken; submitted documents are reviewed; input is received from various stakeholders followed by a final approval from the RSPO Secretary General upon endorsement from the Executive Board. Any appeals to applications declined will be handed by an Arbitration Board.

Membership of the RSPO includes a two-year commitment with membership fees payable annually.
Membership is renewable annually thereafter.

Hereby, the Process Flowchart for Admission of Members

 


Membership Fees

Announcements: Collection of Membership Arrears

Note: Kindly be informed that payment made through overseas cheques will require a duration between 8 to 10 weeks to clear. Thus, the RSPO Secretariat recommends that payment should be made via Telegraphic Transfer (TT). Should any further information or clarification be required regarding this, please email acc.rec@rspo.org.

Membership fees are as follows:

Ordinary Member € 2000.00 per year
Ordinary Member (small grower < 500 ha) € 500.00 per year
Affiliate Member € 250.00 per year
Supply Chain Associate € 100.00 per year

The first year’s membership fees will be invoiced upon acknowledgement of a company’s application. The application will only be processed upon payment of this fee. Should the application be declined or the type of membership subsequently amended, the RSPO will refund the relevant amount to the applicant.

Subsequently, annual fees for members must be settled within 30 days of the invoice date, failing which the Executive Board will determine the status of the membership including termination as provided in the RSPO statutes. Any challenges in settling the membership fees must be raised with the RSPO Secretariat beforehand to avoid inconvenience. Any exceptional considerations will be reviewed on a case by case basis with documented support.
 


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Ordinary Membership Your organization must be directly involved within the palm oil supply chain, or associated NGOs.

You are required to select one of the seven categories. If your organization is involved in more than one of these categories, please select one which represents your primary business activity.
  1. Oil Palm Growers
    (Oil palm growers who own less than 500ha of estate area/land can apply for Ordinary Membership with a reduced fee of Euro500 per year but will be required to provide supporting documentation.)
  2. Palm Oil Processors & Traders
  3. • Refinery, Edible oils and Food ingredients processors
    • Only Trading, Logistics and Distributions
    • Power, Energy and Bio-fuel
    • Chemicals, Surfactants, and Non-Food ingredients processors
    • Across the POSC (Plantation, Mill, Refining, Trading, Manufacturing & Retailing)
  4. Consumer Goods Manufacturers (only engage with customers)
  5. Retailers
  6. Banks & Investors
  7. Environmental or Nature Conservation NGOs
  8. Social or Development NGOs

Ordinary members have voting rights in the RSPO General Assembly and are entitled to publicly state they are members of the RSPO.
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Affiliate Membership You are an organization and/or individual who is/are not directly involved in the palm oil supply chain in any of the seven categories in the Ordinary Membership. Affiliate members do not have voting rights in the RSPO General Assembly although they are allowed to publicly state that they are an Affiliate member of the RSPO. APPLIY NOW
Supply Chain Associate Your organization has business activities along the palm oil supply chain but limited to purchasing, using or trading not more than 500 metric tonnes of palm oil and palm oil products annually.

Associate members do not have voting rights in the RSPO General Assembly. Supply Chain Associate members do not have voting rights in the RSPO General Assembly although they are allowed to publicly state that they are a Supply Chain Associate member of the RSPO.
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