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eTrace Trader License Request Form

Announcements, 07 December 2012

 eTrace Trader License Request Form is now uploaded onto RSPO website.

Traders who do not reprocess / repack / repackage RSPO Certified Palm Products are eligible to apply .
Please download form , fill it up and submit to :palmoil@support.utzcertified.org

Once processed and approved by RSPO, the trader can undertake physical tradings in eTrace system with an annual license , renewable yearly.




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Training Course: RSPO-endorsed SCC Lead Auditors Course

Announcements, 05 December 2012

 Mr David Ogg  will be conducting RSPO-endorsed  Supply Chain Certifications Lead Auditors Course.
 
Tuesday 22nd January 2013. York U.K.
RSPO-endorsed RSPO SCC lead auditors course for CBs only.
 
Wednesday 13th February 2013. Nuremberg. Germany.
RSPO-endorsed RSPO SCC lead auditors course for CBs only.
 
Tuesday 26th February 2013. Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
RSPO-endorsed RSPO SCC lead auditors course for CBs only.
 
Please contact David Ogg  davidogg@davidoggandpartners.com 
 

Intertek Certification GmbH Approved as RSPO Supply Chain Certification Body

Announcements, 23 November 2012

 The RSPO is pleased to announce the approval of Intertek Certification GmbH , as an RSPO approved Supply Chain Certification Body.

For further information on , please visit  RSPO website  for contact details.

RSPO APPOINTS ASI FOR 3RD PARTY ACCREDITATION OF ITS CERTIFICATION PROCESS

Announcements, 14 November 2012

November 19, 2012, International – The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the international multi-stakeholder organization for sustainable palm oil, has signed a Service and License Agreement with Accreditation Services International (ASI) to manage and implement the Accreditation Programme.

 

There are currently 19 CBs (Certification Bodies) approved by the RSPO comprising 12 CBs for P&C (Principles & Criteria) Certification for growers and 14 for Supply Chain Certification; several CBs are approved for both certification programs. Existing RSPO approved CBs for both growers’ certification and supply chain certification will be given one year to complete the accreditation process while new CBs have to comply with the accreditation requirements immediately.

 

According to Darrel Webber, Secretary General of RSPO, “ASI is an established accreditation body with a track record of its services for other international multi stakeholder initiatives such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). They have demonstrable expertise in monitoring the performance of CBs globally through a well-developed accreditation process. The appointment of ASI is aimed at further advancing the robustness and integrity of RSPO’s certification process.”

The appointment of ASI begun in phases; with Phase 1 in 2010 focusing on desk audits with a selection of CBs; Phase 2 in 2011 & 2012 comprised of desk and office audits for all CBs including an implementation of witness audits with a select few; now leading into the final Phase 3 in January 2013 with full accreditation by ASI through  desk audits, office audits and witness audits for all the CBs.

 

According to Guntars Lagūns, Managing Director of ASI, “It is great to see that our international third party assurance model is recognized by other successful global environmental and social initiatives such as the RSPO. I am delighted to see this professional affiliation with the RSPO in the last three years result in a full service accreditation agreement. Responsible management of both the plantations and the downstream supply chain is at the forefront of environmental and social stakeholder interest. ASI is looking forward to contributing to RSPO’s long term success by providing efficient and rigorous oversight of the implementation of RSPO requirements”.

To date, after 5 years of implementation, a total of 181 P&C Certificates have been issued by RSPO approved CBs in over 7 countries, covering a certified area of more than 1.6 million hectares of oil palm plantations. For the Supply Chain Certification, a total of 547 facilities have been certified, allowing them to trade in certified palm oil products.


 

 

Note to editors (background reference - not for publishing):

 

More information on RSPO can be accessed as indicated below:

·         2011-2012 ACOP Digest http://www.rspo.org/file/rspo_acop_digest_2012.pdf

·         2011 Growth Interpretation Narrative on RSPO CSPO:  http://www.rspo.org/files/pdf/2011%20RSPO%20CSPO%20GIN_web.pdf

·         Market Performance statistics: http://www.rspo.org/en/key_statistics

·         Trademark statistics: http://www.rspo.org/en/trademark_key_statistics

·         Membership statistics: http://www.rspo.org/en/membership_key_statistics

·         Quick facts: http://www.rspo.org/file/QUICKFACTS-Sept2012(E)(1).pdf

·         A news room with all past announcements and developments: http://www.rspo.org/en/news_releases

·         Frequently Asked Questions & Answers: http://www.rspo.org/en/frequently_asked_questions

·         General press kit materials: http://www.rspo.org/en/press_kit_materials

 

About RSPO

In response to the urgent and pressing global call for sustainably-produced palm oil, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. The seat of the association is in Zurich, Switzerland, while the secretariat is currently based in Kuala Lumpur with a satellite office in Jakarta.

 

RSPO is a not-for-profit association that unites stakeholders from seven sectors of the palm oil industry - oil palm producers, palm oil processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental or nature conservation NGOs and social or developmental NGOs - to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.


Such multi-stakeholder representation is mirrored in the governance structure of RSPO such that seats in the Executive Board and project-level Working Groups are fairly allocated to each sector. In this way, RSPO lives out the philosophy of the "roundtable" by giving equal rights to each stakeholder group to bring group-specific agendas to the roundtable, facilitating traditionally adversarial stakeholders and business competitors to work together towards a common objective and make decisions by consensus.

For more information, please contact:

 

 

 

Contact for RSPO Secretariat:

Anne Gabriel

Communications Director

T:+603-22012053

AnneGabriel@rspo.org

Contact for Europe:

Giovanni Colombo

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

T: +32 473 844 903

or +32 (0)2 231 50 19

Communications@rspo.eu

 

Contact for Indonesia:

Desi Kusumadewi

RSPO Indonesia Director

T: +62 21 5794 0222

desi@rspo.org

 

Contact for India:
Arneeta Vasudeva

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

T: +91-124-4967316

avasudeva@ipanhillandknowlton.com

 

 

Contact for China:

Peter Headden

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

T: (86 10) 5861 7597

peter.headden@hillandknowlton.com.cn

 
 

Announcement: RSPO eTrace for Certification Bodies

Announcements, 25 October 2012

 The information in this communications is addressed to RSPO approved certification bodies

As you know, on the 23rd of July this year we have launched an IMPROVED traceability system for administrating the physical trade of Certified Sustainabl Palm Oil (CSPO): RSPO eTrace.............read more



Announcement of third party assessment of WQS Certificações Ltda.

Announcements, 10 October 2012

 An RSPO approval audit of WQS Certificações Ltda. against RSPO requirements will take place on 6 - 8 November 2012. ASI welcomes objective comments from interested stakeholders on the performance of  WQS Certificações Ltda.

Comments may be sent to RSPO at Salahudin.yaacob@rspo.org or directly to ASI at s.armstrong@accreditation-services.com.

Reporting Requirements for RSPO’s HCV Assessments

Announcements, 04 October 2012

The RSPO and the HCV Resource Network produce a guidance on reporting requirements for RSPO's HCV assessments and this document has been finalized during the RSPO’s Biodiversity and HCV Working Group Meeting. 

  • Who should use/ refer to this guidance?
HCV assessors, certification bodies and RSPO’s grower members

 

  • What are the main purposes of this guidance?  

              i.        To ensure RSPO’s HCV reports are credible and robust

             ii.        To help managers to set out terms of reference for contracted HCV assessors

 

  • What are the key elements of a credible HCV report?
A credible HCV report should include status, executive summary, introduction and public summary, scope, HCV assessment team, methods, landscape context, findings, HCV management, monitoring, conclusion, appendices and references. 


 

Announcement of third party assessment of Intertek Certification GmbH

Announcements, 10 September 2012

 An office assessment of Intertek Certification GmbH against RSPO requirements will take place on 20 & 21 September 2012. ASI welcomes objective comments from interested stakeholders on the performance of  Intertek Certification GmbH as an RSPO (SCCS)-approved certification body.

Comments may be sent to RSPO at Salahudin.yaacob@rspo.org or directly to ASI at s.armstrong@accreditation-services.com

Stepwise Support Programme Training Course: RSPO-endorsed SCC Lead Auditors Course ( at Hannover)

Announcements, 15 August 2012

Mr David Ogg  will be conducting RSPO-endorsed  Supply Chain Certifications Lead Auditors Course at Hannover,  in September 2012.

Date: Tuesday 4th September , 2012

Times: 0900 – 1700 (Local Hannover Time)

Location: D-30519 Hannover, Am TUEV 1, Room: S4

For registration and more information, please  email to:  davidogg@davidoggandpartners.com