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Research Library

Last updated: 22 July 2019

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
2019 Prosperity 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 Prosperity
Planet
People
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 Planet 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 Planet -

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
2018 Prosperity Germany

Is it all in the MIX? Consumer preferences for segregated and mass balance certified sustainable palm oil.

The research article published in the Journal of Cleaner Production aimed to elicit consumer willingness to pay for chocolate bars, which contain oil palm from either RSPO segregated (SG) or mass balance (MB) supply chains.

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Independent
2018 Prosperity
People
Malaysia

Socio-ecological perspectives of engaging smallholders in environmental-friendly palm oil certification schemes.

Published in Land Use Policy, this aims of the research are as follow: (1) Do independent and managed smallholders differ socially and economically?, (2) Do independent and managed smallholders differ in terms of knowledge, perception and attitudes towards farmland biodiversity, and (3) Do independent and managed smallholders have different expectation and willingness to participate in certification schemes?

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Independent
2018 Prosperity Thailand

Development of smallholders through participation in sustainable oil palm production: A case study of the members of Tapitak Palm Community Enterprise, Trang Province

This research aimed to develop smallholders towards sustainable oil palm production according to RSPO standard through group process in Thailand.

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Independent
2018 Prosperity Indonesia

Costs and benefits of certification of independent smallholders in Indonesia

Published in the International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, this paper examined the pre-certification financial costs and benefits of RSPO certification for individual farmers and for the certified independent farmers group in Ukui, Indonesia.

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Independent
2018 Planet Mexico
Malaysia
Indonesia
Guatemala
Africa
Papua New Guinea

Towards low GHG emission in new oil palm development – Results of RSPO’s approach

Published in The Planter Magazine in 2018, this study was authored by Gan Lian Tiong, Faizal Parish, Henry Cai and Javin Tan from the RSPO Emission Reduction Working Group (ERWG). The RSPO ERWG commissioned this study to understand the effectivness of RSPO GHG Assessment Procedure for New Development in guiding RSPO growers and millers to plan development in such a way that minimise net GHG emissions towards the goal of low carbon development.

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RSPO Jointly Commissioned
2018 Prosperity
People
Indonesia

RSPO certification impacts on oil palm smallholders’ welfare in Jambi Province

This paper aimed at analysing the benefits of RSPO certification on improving oil-palm smallholders’ welfare in Jambi Province. Read more (link)

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Independent