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Since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on 11 March 2020, the situation has continued to evolve daily, with numerous countries implementing government mandated restrictions, quarantines, social distancing, and/or other preventative measures. We fully acknowledge the significant impact this is having on the global community at large, and want to assure our valued members and stakeholders that the RSPO Secretariat is working to support you, and to the greatest extent possible, ensure business continuity throughout this difficult period.

In light of the ever growing situation, we endeavour to keep you informed on all RSPO/ COVID-19 related news and information below. And please check back often for the latest information and updates:


14 May 2020 - The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is aware of the Malaysian Government’s recent decision on 1 May 2020, easing the Movement Control Order (MCO) and the prohibition of agro-certification.


30 Apr 2020 - The RSPO Secretariat reminds our members that the 2018 RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C), contains many provisions for the implementation of SOPs, provisions for work protections like PPE and safe working conditions, as well as a commitment to meeting or exceeding the local national minimum wages. All members should be implementing the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Advice for Public as well as local and national regulations related to the precautions and treatment of COVID-19.

Extension of ACOP 2019 Submission Deadline

10 Apr 2020 - In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic and its impact on our members’ operations, the RSPO Secretariat has extended the submission deadline for the ongoing ACOP 2019 reporting.

Covid-19 - How we’re adapting for RSPO certification audits

31 Mar 2020 - With the unprecedented scale and impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the RSPO Secretariat has been monitoring impact of the outbreak on on-site audits for RSPO Supply Chain Certification (SCC) and the RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C).

Important Update Regarding ACOP 2019

27 Mar 2020 - In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic and its impact on our members’ operations, the RSPO Secretariat has two critical updates regarding the ongoing ACOP 2019 report submissions.



As noted in our communication on “Important Updates on COVID-19”, all RSPO staff will be working from home to ensure continuity of the organisation and that operations continue to run as close as possible to normal. During this period, the best way to reach specific RSPO Secretariat departments will be through email: 


Certification Unit

Finance Unit

Membership Fees

Membership Helpdesk

Smallholder Unit

In the case of an urgent matter, we will maintain one general open phone line +6017-216 6086 (operating hours 8:30 am - 5:30 pm (GMT +8)) which you may use to leave a message for specific staff that are not reachable at their office desk phone. If you know your parties mobile phone number, you may of course reach out to them directly.

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