Tender for Scoping study on the extent of issues on FFB legality and traceability in Malaysia, Thailand, and Rest of the World

News, 14 May 2015

RSPO invites interested companies or individual to submit proposal/quotation for a consultancy work for scoping study on the extent of issues on FFFB legality and traceability. The Terms of Reference (ToR) can be downloaded from the link given below.

RSPO response to “What kind of world would it be without...”, broadcast on 3 May 2015, by the editorial team of Report.

News, 07 May 2015

We are writing in relation to the palm oil report, entitled “What kind of world would it be without...”, broadcasted yesterday, 3 May 2015, by Report. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) wishes to express its appreciation to Report for having drawn attention to the urgent and complex issue of palm oil’s sustainability and the deforestation risks linked to its production. It was in response to these very urgent issues that a group of industries and NGOs, including WWF, created the RSPO

RSPO+ Voluntary Addendum to Strengthen The Standard on Peat, Deforestation and Social Requirements

News, 05 May 2015

Kuala Lumpur, 5 May 2015 – The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has announced it is working on voluntary guidelines aimed at further enhancing the existing standard’s requirements on issues such as Deforestation, Peatland Development and Indigenous Peoples rights.

Access to justice for indigenous people

News, 29 April 2015

At the Access to Justice for Indigenous People conference, RSPO's Letchumi Achanah learns about the interconnection between land, culture and heritage, and the limits of access to justice for indigenous communities.

Measuring risk of palm oil cultivation on peatland

News, 29 April 2015

What must be done to increase Indonesia's national Crude Palm Oil production considering the complexities and dilemmas posed by peat land? The article takes a general look at the regulatory framework for protecting peatlands in Indonesia, and the implications for growing oil palms in such areas.

RSPO statement on the Finnwatch follow-up report ‘The New Law of the Jungle?’ On the socio-economic situation of palm oil workers in IOI Group plantations in Western Malaysia

News, 09 April 2015

Kuala Lumpur, 9 April 2015 – On 19th March, Finnwatch published a follow-up to its 2014 report analysing the working conditions and labour rights of palm oil workers on four estates belonging to the IOI Group in Malaysia.

Taking a step towards FFB traceability and legality

News, 24 March 2015

The first meeting for RSPO FFB Legality and Traceability Task Force kicked off recently in Jakarta, Indonesia. The newly established task force held a mandate to work towards producing an improved supply chain standard to assure the traceability of robust Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB).

BEFTA collaborative research project: Can biodiversity increase oil palm yield?

News, 24 March 2015

A large scale experimental study of the relationship between habitat complexity, biodiversity, ecosystem function and yield in the oil palm landscape is currently underway as a collaborative research project between the University of Cambridge and Smart Research Institute.The BEFTA Project demonstrates the potential strength of research collaborations between industry and universities.

Smallholders path to certified sustainable palm oil

News, 24 March 2015

RSPO Indonesia has recently organised a Train the Trainers for Smallholder Facilitator 2015 to encounter the needs of preparing smallholder facilitators on the process of guiding smallholders towards RSPO certification. Held in Bogor, Indonesia, the 5-days training was the fourth held after the first training was initiated in 2010.

Moving Towards Sustainability

News, 24 February 2015

Negative effects of a palm oil boycott, together with the need to speed up the regional process to only use certified sustainable palm oil, were two of the key issues discussed during a well-attended seminar on sustainable palm oil in Stockholm.