Board of Governors

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.

Sector Number of Seats
Oil Palm Growers 4*
Palm Oil Processors and/or Traders 2
Consumer Goods Manufacturers 2
Retailers 2
Banks / Investors 2
Environmental/Nature conservation NGOs 2
Social/Development NGOs 2
*One representative each for Malaysia, Indonesia, the smallholder sector and the "Rest of the World"
 

The Board of Governors meeting, at its first seating after the General Assembly, will elect, among themselves, the office-bearers of the organisation, until the next General Assembly of members.