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Research Library

Last updated: 18 May 2020

The RSPO Research Library consists of a list of publications, both RSPO-commissioned research and independently conducted research, on the outcome and impact of the RSPO in line with the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental and social.

Year of Publication
Sustainability Issue
Study Site
Research Topic and Objective (s) Research Type
2020 Environmental Indonesia

Deforestation spillovers from oil palm sustainability certification

Published in Environmental Research Letters in March 2020, this study quantified forest loss and conservation spillovers from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification system in Indonesian Borneo (Kalimantan).

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Independent
2019 Environmental Indonesia
Malaysia

Comparative life cycle assessment of RSPO-certified and non-certified palm oil

This report, prepared by 2.0 LCA consultants, presents the executive summary of a detailed life cycle assessment (LCA) study of palm oil production comparing the environmental impact of RSPO certified sustainable palm oil with non-certified palm oil.

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Independent
2019 Economic -

Companies committed to sustainable palm oil production have substantively stronger equity returns

This analysis by Climate Advisers was done to compare the financial performance of RSPO companies to non-RSPO companies.

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Independent
2019 Economic
Environmental
Social
Colombia

Field evidence for positive certification outcomes on oil palm smallholder management practices in Colombia

This study is a farm-level assessment of certification programs in the oil palm sector by focusing on RSPO and Organic (IFOAM) certified smallholders in Magdalena, Colombia.

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Independent
2019 Economic
Environmental
Social
Ghana

Organic and fair palm oil production - Assessment project

The overall objective of this study project was to clarify the extent to which organically certified palm oil helps ensure positive 'sustainability impacts' compared to palm oil that is produced without any certification or with RSPO certification.

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Independent
2019 Environmental Colombia

Improve long-term biodiversity management and monitoring on certified oil palm plantations in Colombia by centralizing efforts at the sector level

Published in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change in August 2019, this study sought to explore the challenges to effective biodiversity monitoring on oil palm plantations.

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Independent
2019 Economic United Kingdom

Peeling back the label - exploring sustainable palm oil ecolabelling and consumption in the United Kingdom

Published in Environmental Research Letters, this paper aimed at exploring the extent to which members of the general public are aware of palm oil, their perceptions about its environmental impact, and recognition and inclusion of RSPO ecolabelled products in household shopping compared to other widely known ecolabels.

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Independent
2018 Environmental
Economic
Social
Indonesia

Evaluating the effectiveness of palm oil certification in delivering multiple sustainability objectives.

This paper evaluates the effectiveness of RSPO plantations compared to non-certified plantations by assessing the relative performance of several key sustainability metrics (environmental, economic and social aspects) compared to business as usual practices.

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Independent
2018 Environmental United Kingdom

Stakeholder perceptions of the environmental effectiveness of multi-stakeholder initiatives: Evidence from the palm oil, soy, cotton, and timber programs.

The main aim of this paper was to analyse the stakeholders' perceptions of the effectiveness of four globally significant MSIs: RSPO, RTRS, BCI and FSC. It also explored the differences between the views of the various stakeholder groups.

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Independent
2018 Environmental -

Identifying barriers and levers of biodiversity mainstreaming in four cases of transnational governance of land and water.

The aim of this study was to identify the barriers and levers for mainstreaming biodiversity into economic sectors that exert high pressure on biodiversity. Mainstreaming here refer to the process of embedding biodiversity considerations into policies, strategies and practices of key public and private actors that impact or rely on biodiversity. The study examined four cases which are Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in African land, and Mangrove co-management in Vietnam.

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Independent