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Revised RSPO Rules on Market Communications & Claims

We are pleased to announce that the revised RSPO Rules on Market Communications & Claims are now finalised and will enter into force as of 1st September 2015.  

We advise our members to familiarise yourself with the new Rules, which are available to download here and in particular would like to draw your attention to some of the most critical changes made:

  1. Logo/Trademark use.  Members can use the RSPO trademark (palm frond logo) for communications, subject to compliance with the Rules. Members can no longer use the RSPO corporate logo (orange letters logo), which is now reserved for use by the RSPO secretariat only.               
  2. Trademark licence. New members will be automatically granted a license to use the RSPO Trademark on consumer facing claims, subject to compliance with the Rules as well as Supply Chain Certification.  Existing members will still need to apply for the trademark license separately by request here.
  3. Retailers trademark.  Retailers can also obtain their own RSPO trademark license, subject to compliance with the Rules.
  4. Partial Claims.  Certified Members can make on-pack claims where at least 50% of the palm content is supplied through an RSPO certified supply chain as IP, SG or MB and the remaining percentage is covered by Book and Claim certificates.
  5. Negative Claims. Members shall avoid making negative claims (as defined) or denigrate RSPO and its aims.

Kindly be informed that all members are given a period of one year from 1 September 2015 to be in compliance with the new rules.  Trademark licensees who are not in agreement with the revised  RSPO Rules on Market Communication & Claims, are entitled to terminate their RSPO Trademark License before 30th September 2015.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at trademark@rspo.org if you require any further clarification.