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RSPO will transform
markets to make
sustainable palm oil
the norm
  • Advance the production, procurement, finance and use of sustainable palm oil products
  • Develop, implement, verify, assure and periodically review credible global standards for the entire supply chain of sustainable palm oil
  • Monitor and evaluate the economic, environmental and social impacts of the uptake of sustainable palm oil in the market
  • Engage and commit all stakeholders throughout the supply chain, including governments and consumers.


We are a not-for-profit that unites stakeholders from the 7 sectors of the palm oil industry: oil palm producers, processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, and environmental and social non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.


The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). When they are properly applied, these criteria can help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions.


The RSPO has more than 3,000 members worldwide who represent all links along the palm oil supply chain. They have committed to produce, source and/or use sustainable palm oil certified by the RSPO.




    • RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil for biofuels (RSPO-RED) marks milestone entry into Europe.


    • Revised Principles & Criteria approved
    • 784 delegates from 30 countries gather at RSPO RT11, the world’s largest meeting of sustainable palm oil in Indonesia.
    • First certification body accredited from accreditation body ASI to carry out RSPO certification.
    • First RSPO certification seminar held in China.


    • May - Achieved 6 million metric tonnes of RSPO CSPO in annual production capacity.
    • June - Anniversary of Trademark launch: 60 Trademark licences in 13 countries have been issued.


    • June - RSPO Trademark launched.
    • August - First million hectares of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) production area.
    • August - Inaugural certification of CSPO in Brazil by Agropalma.
    • August - 5 million tonnes of global CSPO production, or 10% total global palm oil production.
    • November - Over 1000 people from over 20 countries attend RT9.


    • First RSPO certificate issued to Daabon Group, Colombia.
    • October - RSPO membership reaches 500 Ordinary Members.


    • November - RSPO SCCS reviewed and adopted.


    • NIs of generic P&C for Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea approved.
    • August - Approval of 1st P&C certification for United Plantations. Inaugural shipment of CSPO arrives in Rotterdam in November.
    • August - RSPO Supply Chain Certification Systems (SCCS) developed and finalized.


    • October - Review of P&C by RSPO Criteria Working Group (CWG). Included public consultations, input from National Interpretations (NIs), smallholder taskforce deliberations and pilot field trial results.
    • November - RSPO Certification System approved by RSPO Executive Board, adopted by General Assembly (GA4) and officially launched at RT5 by then Hon. Minister of Plantations Industries & Commodities, Malaysia, Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui in Malaysia.


    • Creation and adoption of Members’ Code of Conduct; RSPO Indonesian Liaison Office (RILO) established in Jakarta.



    • November - RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C) adopted for initial pilot implementation period of two years by 14 companies.


    • April - RSPO formally established under Article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code.
    • August- 47 organizations sign a Statement of Intent declaring their intention to participate in the RSPO.


    • Inaugural meeting of the RSPO in Malaysia, attended by 200 participants from 16 countries, with adoption of the Statement of Intent, a non-legally binding expression of support for the Roundtable process. As of 31 August 2004, forty seven organisations have signed the SOI.


    • WWF commences exploring the possibilities for a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. The result was an informal co-operation among Aarhus United UK Ltd, Migros, Malaysian Palm Oil Association and Unilever together with WWF in 2002.