Principles & Criteria Certification FAQs
What is palm oil?
What is palm oil used for?
Where does palm oil come from and how is it grown?
What are the main importers of palm oil?
What is the role of smallholders?
What is sustainable palm oil?
Do we need sustainable palm oil?
Wouldn’t it be better to remove palm oil from consumer products altogether?
Which environmental problems are addressed by the RSPO?
Which social problems are addressed by the RSPO?
Who has developed the RSPO Principles and Criteria for sustainable palm oil production?
It is true that RSPO Principles, Criteria and Indicators only cover primary rainforest and not peat lands or forests that are in the process of rehabilitation?
What impact will adherence to the RSPO Principles and Criteria have on palm oil productivity levels?
Does sustainable palm oil production make the use of palm oil as a biofuel fully sustainable as well?
What is the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)?
What does the RSPO want to achieve?
When did the RSPO start?
What have been the RSPO’s results so far?
Where is the RSPO based?
What are the obligations of RSPO members?
How does RSPO deal with complaints against RSPO members?
Does RSPO support the production of palm oil for use as a biofuel?
Does RSPO prevent other crops from expanding at the cost of primary forests or other high conservation value areas?
Who manages the RSPO?
Who can join the RSPO?
Why can’t governments or academic/professional research organizations join RSPO as Ordinary Members?
Do governments support the RSPO?
How does the certification scheme prevent producers from only certifying the best plantations and not more controversial ones?
Who can certify sustainable palm oil production?
How long is a certificate valid?
I read in a press report that a particular producer is a member of the RSPO but that one of its plantations is not fully sustainable. How is that possible?
Will companies be able to produce only part of their palm oil on RSPO-certified plantations?
How does the RSPO prevent small farmers from being pushed out of the trade?
What else is the RSPO doing to protect the interests of smallholders?
What certification systems have been developed by the RSPO?
How is sustainable production certified?
What do mills and plantations have to do to get certified?
What kind of information is assessed during the certification procedure?
What are the costs of certification?
Can smallholders be independently certified?
How is the delivery of palm oil through the entire supply chain verified?
How are supply chain requirements for sustainable palm oil verified?
Initially, an ‘interim approach’ is used for the certification of the supply chain. Why is that and how does it work?
How much sustainable palm oil is available on the market?
When will mainstream consumer products contain sustainable palm oil?
How can consumers know whether companies use sustainable palm oil?
How can consumers know whether a product contains actual RSPO-certified palm oil?
What does it mean if I buy a product that says it ‘advances’ the production of RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil? Does such a product contain sustainable palm oil or not?
How does certification work when sustainable palm oil is not kept segregated throughout the supply chain?
So what does it mean if a product claims to ‘contain’ RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil?
What if only half of the palm oil in a product was produced sustainably?
Can anyone use the RSPO logo?
Who will buy sustainable palm oil?
The volume of RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil covers less than 10 percent of the world palm oil market. Will the RSPO really be able to make palm oil production more sustainable?
Will there be demand for sustainable palm oil in China and India?
Can palm oil production become and remain sustainable if and when total supply and demand continue to grow?
Will sustainable palm oil be more expensive?