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Third party accreditation of certification bodies (CBs) offering RSPO certification services has recently been completed. As of end of September 2014, a total of 18 CBs have been fully accredited by Accreditation Services International (ASI).
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has issued its first impact report, which sets out the achievements of the RSPO across key areas – planet, people and profits. Among the accomplishments highlighted in the report, is the fact that 18% of world's palm oil production is now RSPO certified, a number which is arguably only set to grow as more companies become RSPO members and adopt responsible palm oil sourcing policies.
The Norwegian Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil has agreed on criteria to promote sustainable palm oil in Norway and contribute to the prevention of deforestation. The Alliance, which consists of most major food & drink producers and retailers in Norway, has committed to using only sustainably produced and certified palm oil that meets the RSPO Principles & Criteria, by the end of 2015.
Finnwatch today published a report into the working conditions and labour rights of palm oil workers on four estates belonging to the IOI Group in Negeri Sembilan and Johor states in Malaysia. IOI is a member of RSPO and the four estates have been certified by independent auditors (certification bodies) according to RSPO’s Principles & Criteria (P&C) for the production of certified sustainable palm oil. The Finnwatch report contains allegations of non-compliance by the IOI Group, although no formal complaint has been raised to the RSPO.
International standard and multi-stakeholder organization, the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) recently marked the entry of its first consignment of biofuels certified sustainable palm oil (RSPO-RED) into Rotterdam in compliance with the European Commission’s Renewable Energy Directive since its approval in November 2012.
A key RSPO objective – the conversion of 100 per cent of the market to sustainable palm oil – moved a step closer with the announcement that demand for the sustainable oil is rising faster than supply for the first time. Fresh RSPO data reveal a new record high in sales of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) for the first half of 2014, helping narrow the historic gap between CSPO production and demand.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was recently granted the ‘Special Consultative Status’ with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which is among the key components of the United Nations (UN) that oversees issues related to economic and social development. The Consultative Status, which took effect in May 2014, will enable RSPO to actively engage with the UN Secretariat, ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies.
As of the end of June 2014, 15 Certification Bodies (CBs) have achieved accreditation by Accreditation Services International (ASI) to offer RSPO certification. Certification will cover RSPO Principles & Criteria (P&C) for RSPO producers and/or RSPO Supply Chain Certification (SCC) for RSPO supply chain members.
GreenPalm, the sustainable palm oil certificate-trading programme, has announced the trade of its eleven millionth certificates this month. The trade marks an important landmark for GreenPalm and affirms the programme’s role as a facilitator for change within the palm oil industry.