Principles and Criteria Certification

Implementation and Interpretation of the Principles & Criteria

National Implementation and Interpretation of the Principles & Criteria

Looking beyond the completion of the P&C is the need to ensure that its implementation is not just up to expectations of stakeholders, but congruent or compatible with the norms, laws and values of countries, or sovereign states. This crucial step not only allows for negating potential conflicts between an international standard and national laws, but also to allow for national level stakeholder consultation. This would translate to addressing key concerns at local or regional level, giving specific points to unique situations and complementing national laws with a higher benchmark (where applicable) for industry to achieve.

Buy-in to such a process is critical, and it is expected that once national interpretation processes begin, RSPO members in countries where this exercise will take place would lead them. The role of RSPO's Executive Board in this leadership role would be highly welcome. At present, a set of guidelines for the requirements for a national interpretation group process is being developed.

For Key documents please click on each certification below:
1.   P & C Certification
2.   National Interpretation
3.   Local Indicator  
4.   New Planting Procedure
5.   Smallholders Group Certification
6.   Supply Chain Certification