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Announcement: Expression of Interest to Develop Simplified FPIC Guide for RSPO Independent Smallholders

Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) has been a central requirement of the RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C) since it was adopted in 2005. Respect for the right to FPIC is designed to ensure that RSPO certified sustainable palm oil comes from areas without land conflicts or ‘land grabs’. In 2015, the RSPO Board of Governors adopted the FPIC Guide for Members , which provides advice on how to implement the binding elements of the RSPO standard (the Principles, Criteria and Indicators) pertinent to FPIC.

Although the FPIC Guide is tailored to provide guidance for all RSPO stakeholders, there is a challenge in the implementation of the FPIC process for smallholders, as the current requirements  will increase their compliance costs and efforts since there are no specific requirements that reflect the local context of smallholders. As such, the development of a new guidance is required to provide independent smallholders with a simplified approach to the implementation of the FPIC (hereinafter referred to as ‘Simplified FPIC Guide for ISH’) in alignment with the RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard, which has recently been endorsed.

Interested applicants are advised to read and consider the ToR (attached) and submit their expression of interest together with their profile, relevant expertise, and proposed methodology together with a budget on how they intend to take on this project.

Kindly submit your expression of interest to tender@rspo.org by 6:00pm MYT on 17 February 2020.

For any queries, kindly contact Krishna Jeyabalan at krishnabalan.jeyabalan@rspo.org.