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Assurance Standing Committee

In 2018, RSPO Board of Governors (BoG) endorsed the RSPO Theory of Change (ToC) with the overall vision of making sustainable palm oil the norm.

In March 2019, the RSPO BoG subsequently endorsed the RSPO Governance Review for ‘Reorganisation of Standing Committees, Task Forces and Working Groups’. The Standard Setting Committee was established to provide the direction and contribute to the RSPO standard settings, which may include, but not limited to, the development and/or revision of normative and relevant guidance documents  for RSPO members


  • To oversee and provide necessary recommendations and/or guidance to the implementation of the RSPO standards;
  • To develop and institute a transparent and robust system for monitoring the quality of assessment;
  • To identify all necessary actions to ensure robust assessment, verification and certification against the RSPO standards;
  • To institute a transparent and enhance the quality of the RSPO Assurance Systems;
  • To identify the relevant stakeholders required to deliver the identified actions and to deliver the outputs as identified by Assurance Standing Committee.


* final structure to be determined


List of Acronyms and Abbreviations

ISEAL - This represents the ISEAL Alliance global membership association for credible sustainability standards.

ASI - Assurance Services International: accreditation body appointed by RSPO to accredit Certification bodies that conducts RSPO Audits

HCVRN - High Conservation Value Resource Network: a member-based organisation that strives to protect High Conservation Values in areas where the expansion of forestry and agriculture may put important forests, biodiversity and local communities at risk.

HCSA - HCS Approach Steering Group Secretariat: A platform that developed a methodology designed to achieve no-deforestation including refining its definition, its objectives and its relationship to other approaches to halting deforestation.

SEIA - Social and Environmental Impact Assessment

NPP - New Planting Procedure

FPIC - Free, Prior and Informed Consent

CB - Certification Body

P&C - Principles and Criteria

CP - Complaints Panel

DLW - Decent Living Wage



Name Organisation Membership Sector
Agus Purnomo (Co-Chair) Golden Agri-Resources Indonesian Growers
Elizabeth Clarke (Co-Chair) WWF Singapore Environmental NGO
Lee Kuan Yee Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad Malaysian Growers
Laszlo Mathé New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL) Growers RoW
Vacant TBA Smallholder Group
Paula den Hartog Rainforest Alliance Social NGO
Paul Wolvekamp Both ENDS Social NGO
Marcus Colchester Forest Peoples Programme Social NGO
Emily Kunen Nestlé CGM
Hugo Byrnes Royal Ahold Delhaize N.V Retailers
Dr. Gan Lian Tiong Musim Mas Holdings P&T
Michal Zrust Lestari Capital Financial Institution


Name Designation
Bakhtiar Talhah (Lead) Chief Operating Officer


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