International, 9 February 2016 – RSPO launches “RSPO NEXT” as a voluntary add-on to its existing Principles & Criteria (P&C) for sustainably grown palm oil. RSPO NEXT defines advanced criteria for palm oil production in order to further the fight against deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions from palm oil production as well as strengthening human rights commitments.
RSPO NEXT is a voluntary initiative for RSPO members with company-wide policies that exceed current RSPO P&C requirements in these and other key areas.
Incorporating these add-on and voluntary criteria within the RSPO certification scheme means that RSPO NEXT certification can provide assurance to stakeholders that compliance to these advanced RSPO NEXT criteria has been verified independently by accredited Certification Bodies, alongside compliance with the RSPO P&C.
To be eligible, growers must demonstrate that at least 60% of their plantations are already compliant with the core RSPO P&C, and must commit to the implementation of RSPO NEXT policies across all of their plantations. These policies must include:
Palm oil buyers that want to claim their commitment to RSPO NEXT can do so through a system of RSPO NEXT credit purchases. The credits will be available only to those buyers that are already buying 100% certified sustainable palm oil through other supply chain systems (Book & Claim, Mass Balance, Segregated or Identity Preserved).
The RSPO NEXT requirements can be found here.
Datuk Darrel Webber, CEO of RSPO: “By creating RSPO NEXT we respond to a request from some of our members to provide continuous improvements within the RSPO framework for those ready and able to go further on their sustainability commitments. RSPO NEXT is an important milestone and can become a new industry benchmark for others who are working hard towards our common goal of 100% Certified Sustainable Palm Oil”.
An agreement on the definition of RSPO NEXT was taken at the organisation’s Board of Governors meeting in November 2015. The definition is the result of a transparent and collaborative process, which included a 60-day public consultation, open to RSPO members and external stakeholders, in compliance with ISEAL best practices.
About RSPO www.rspo.org
In response to the urgent and pressing global call for sustainably-produced palm oil, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. The seat of the association is in Zurich, Switzerland, while the secretariat is currently based in Kuala Lumpur with satellite offices in Jakarta, London and Beijing.
RSPO is a not-for-profit association that unites stakeholders from seven sectors of the palm oil industry - oil palm producers, palm oil processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental or nature conservation NGOs and social or developmental NGOs - to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.
Contacts for RSPO Secretariat:
Global Outreach and Engagement Director
T : +60323021500