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In July 2017, the RSPO Board of Governors (BoG) endorsed the RSPO Smallholder Strategy. The Strategy outlined the goals and objectives that need to be realised in order to bring meaningful transformation to smallholders’ livelihoods and increase support for smallholder inclusion into the RSPO system. The Smallholder Standing Committee (SHSC) will provide a more comprehensive representation of smallholder interests, with allocation of responsibilities to deliver the strategy held within one single body.
To oversee the execution of the RSPO Smallholder Strategy and for the RSPO Secretariat to lead the implementation of the planned activities;
To make decisions throughout the implementation of the Smallholder Strategy and to ensure that the guiding principles are respected in the decision making;
To form one (or more) Working Group(s) or Task Force(s) to be responsible for delivering a specific output of the Smallholder Strategy. These subgroups will report back to the SHSC and where appropriate, the Standing Committee will evaluate and decide on the recommendations of the working group(s);
To monitor the overall budget for the implementation of the Smallholder Strategy;
To report to the BoG on matters concerning smallholders.
Oil Palm Grower (Malaysia)
Oil Palm Grower (Indonesia)
Oil Palm Grower (RoW)
Jan Hein de Vroe
Consumer Goods Manufacturer
Mohd Suffian Muhili
Bank / Financial Institution
Processor / Trader
To be confirmed
Hofer KG (Formerly ALDI International Services)
Hiew Koh Thien
N.Y.Hiew Holdings Sdn. Bhd.
Smallholder (Papua New Guinea)
New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL)
Solidaridad Côte d’Ivoire
Norpalm Ghana Ltd.
Charles Manasseh Sackey
Terms of Reference and Meeting Minutes
The Smallholder Strategy aims to make the RSPO system more inclusive for smallholders. The SHSC is therefore charged to achieve the three main objectives of the Smallholder Strategy, namely improving smallholders’ livelihoods, increasing the number of smallholders within the RSPO system, and increasing support for smallholder inclusion into the RSPO system.