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The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative on sustainable palm oil. Members of RSPO, and participants in its activities come from many different backgrounds, including plantation companies, processors and traders, consumer goods manufacturers and retailers of palm oil products, financial institutions, environmental NGOs and social NGOs, from many countries that produce or use palm oil. The RSPO vision is to “transform the markets by making sustainable palm oil the norm".
The RSPO is managed by a Board of Governors comprised of 16 members, designated by the General Assembly for 2 years. To ensure an efficient and progressive management, the Board of Governors is supported by 4 Standing Committees. Each Standing Committee is comprised of members from the Board of Governors (including Alternate Board of Governors) as well as RSPO members. The Board of Governors is also supported by advisors.
The first Board of Governors was elected at the inaugural General Assembly held on 6 October 2004. Through staggered voting, within each sector, half the Board of Governors is re-elected every year, at the Annual General Assembly of members of the members of the assembly. When a seat is due for election any member in good standing from the particular sector may offer themselves to be elected. Incumbents may offer themselves for re-election or may continue if there are no nominations within their respective categories for the Board of Governor seats.
Chief Executive Director, United Plantations Bhd
SEA Commodities Manager in the Food, Forests and Water Program, WRI
Global Palm Oil Lead, WWF Singapore
Managing Director for Sustainability and Strategic Stakeholder Engagement
Golden Agri Resources
General Manager of AgroCaribe
Director, Finance and Global Trading, AAK
Representative & Facilitator,
Retailers’ Palm Oil Group
Deputy Director, Both ENDS
Managing Director, Asset Based Finance, South East Asia at Rabobank
Wilmar International Limited
Procter & Gamble
Global Head of Sustainable Sourcing, Unilever
Executive Officer, CSR & Communication, AEON Co., Ltd.
Director of the Plantation Department, FELDA
Senior Policy Advisor,
Forest Peoples Programme
Environmental and Social Risk (ESRM) Management,
Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation
Vice President Product Integrity, Royal Ahold, The Netherlands
Managing Director, Univanich Palm Oil PCL,Thailand
Director of Sustainable Supply Chain, Musim Mas
Director of Regional Management Coordination Department, FELDA
HUTAN – Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme (KOCP)
Corporate Affairs Director, PT Inti Indosawit Subur (Asian Agri Group)
Sustainable Palm Oil Manager, AAK Netherlands B.V.
Senior Sustainability Manager, KLK
Senior Sustainability Expert at Rabobank
Manager of Environmental Management Team, Aeon Co., Ltd.
Regional Director of Environment & Conservation Department,
Executive Director, Environmental and Social Risk Management
Standard Chartered Plc.
Palm Oil Technical Advisor, Business and Biodiversity Programme,
Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
Advisor inclusive Value Chains
Global Director of Nutella Presidency
Procurement Director Commodities, Unilever
Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the RSPO Secretariat is in charge of the day-to-day running of the RSPO. Among other, it organizes the RSPO Board of Governors meetings, coordinates the Roundtable meetings and General Assemblies, and services RSPO members. It also coordinates the activities of the Standing Committees and Working Groups.
Head of Human Resources
Strategic Projects Director
Director, Strategic Stakeholder Relations
Head of Grievance Unit
Interim Assurance Director
Senior Manager Assurance Integrity
Standard Development Director
Head of Smallholder Programme
Global Outreach & Engagement Director
Impacts & Evaluation Director
Finance & Admin Director
Associate Director, Finance
Community Outreach & Engagement Senior Manager
Head of European Operations
North American Representative
Technical Specialist - Africa