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1 An International Multi Stakeholder Initiative Transforming Markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm

2 Outline What is palm oil? The need for certified sustainable palm oil The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Where we are today Where do we go from here

3 “It has the scent of violets, the taste of olive oil and a color which tinges food like saffron but is more attractive” Ca’da Mosto, 15 th century explorer, on discovering palm oil. What is palm oil?

4 Why palm oil?

5 Palm Oil is…. A highly versatile vegetable oil Used in many food and non-food products Produced in tropical countries Rapidly growing market share World’s top selling vegetable oil

6 Palm oil is used in more than half of packaged supermarket products today

7 Growth of world’s palm oil production

8 Palm oil – world’s number one vegetable oil palm oil 30% Soy 29% Rapeseed 14% Sunflower 8% Others 19%

9 Top palm oil producing countries


11 Advantages of palm oil are highly efficient producers of oil require less land than other oil crops

12 Average yield per year (tonnes of oil per hectare)

13 Why sustainable palm oil?

14 More than 1 million workers More than 3 million smallholders Many more household members

15 Social issues in oil palm cultivation Land ownership conflicts Worker’s rights and conditions Treatment of smallholders

16 Environmental issues in oil palm cultivation Forest, peatland conversion Climate change Biodiversity loss


18 HISTORY 2001 - WWF explored possibilities of a Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil. 2002 - an informal co-operation with Aarhus United UK Ltd, Golden Hope Plantations Berhad, Migros, Malaysian Palm Oil Association, Sainsbury's and Unilever together with WWF in 2002. Inaugural meeting (RT) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 21 - 22 August 2003 - attended by 200 participants from 16 countries. 31 August 2004, forty seven organizations joined RSPO. 8 April 2004 - "Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)," was formally established under Article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code with a governance structure that ensures fair representation of all stakeholders throughout the entire supply chain. The seat of the association is in Zurich, Switzerland, the Secretariat is based in Kuala Lumpur with a RSPO Liaison office in Jakarta.

19 General Assembly (GA) Ordinary Members Affiliate Members Supply Chain Associates Executive Board (EB) Working Groups Standing Committee Trade and Traceability Standing Committee Finance Standing Committee Standards & Certifications Standing Committee Communications & Claims Secretary General Governance Structure

20 8 PRINCIPLES & 39 CRITERIA 1.Commitment to transparency; NGO 2.Compliance with applicable laws and regulations; 3.Commitment to long-term economic and financial viability; 4.Use of appropriate best practices by growers and millers 5.Environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity 6.Responsible consideration of employees and of individuals and communities affected by growers and mills (case study) 7.Responsible development of new plantings 8.Commitment to continuous improvement in key areas of activity

21 Over 800 members from 50 countries **As of April 2012 – Latest information can be accessed at

22 Multi Stakeholder Membership **As of April 2012 – Latest information can be accessed at

23 Membership by country **As of April 2012 – Latest information can be accessed at

24 Where we are today

25 Code of Conduct for members Independent certification bodies Principles, specific criteria and indicators for sustainable palm oil production Supply chain certification systems Guidelines on communication and claims

26 Code of Conduct: “All members will publicly commit to production, procurement and use of sustainable palm oil” – Annual Communications on Progress Grievance panel supervises compliance

27 Sustainability Principles: 1.Transparency 2.Use best practices 3.Care for environment, natural resources, and biodiversity 4.Consider rights of workers, smallholders 5.Develop new plantings responsibly

28 Specific social criteria and indicators: Rights to the land not legitimately contested Workers’ pay and conditions provide decent living The right to form trade unions is respected Health and safety plan implemented Smallholders treated fairly by mills

29 Specific environmental criteria and indicators: Since November 2005, new plantings did not replace primary forests or high conservation value areas Erosion and degradation of soils are minimized Pollution and waste is reduced Use of fires is avoided

30 Respecting diversity: national interprations of guidelines (see: Papua New Guinea (2008) Malaysia (2008) Indonesia (2008) Colombia / L. America (2010) Ghana (2011) Thailand (2012)

31 Plantation, mill certification procedure Approved certification bodies listed on RSPO website Audit by certification body (1 month notice) Unit of certification: oil mill and suppliers Compliance with Principles, Criteria and Indicators Phase I: Document review Phase II: Field checks, stakeholder interviews Audit Report, summary published online

32 Supply chain models

33 Plantations Refiners & Blenders Ingredient Manufacturers Retailers Mill Product Manufacturers Storage, transport, shipping The palm oil supply chain: Many links Potential for mixing Smallholders

34 Supply chain systems ‘Identity preserved’: Sustainable oil kept apart, traceable to plantation ‘Segregated’: Mixing of sustainable palm oil batches is allowed ‘Mass Balance’: Mixing of sustainable and conventional oil allowed if monitored administratively Monitored by UTZ Certified,




38 Supply chain model: certificates trading ‘Book and Claim’: - No tracking, tracing or monitoring of oil - Growers, end-users trade volume credits online Managed by GreenPalm,


40 Supply chain certification procedure Verifies movement of oil through the supply chain Step-by-step documentation Performed by 3rd-party certification bodies More info:

41 Milestones

42 Consumer communication RSPO trademark developed for on/about-product communication Rules for use, communication and licensing under development Trademark registration procedures begun in more than 60 countries Launched: June 2011

43 April 2012 : Launched trademark – June 2011 >800 members Annual production capacity: 6m metric tonnes Total production area: 1.148.134 hectares 30 grower companies certified 141 mills certified 166 supply chain companies certified 319 supply chain facilities certified More info at

44 Latest info at:





49 RSPO’s aspirations: Grow supply of certified oil Grow demand for certified oil, including in India, China Grow RSPO membership Engage governments Engage and educate smallholders

50 Engaging more than 3 million smallholders They maintain 20% of acreage RSPO Task Force on smallholders: Promotes smallholder interests within RSPO Raises awareness among smallholders Adapts RSPO standards and procedures Develops group certification protocol

51 In conclusion

52 Key RSPO documents at 1.Statutes 2.Principles & Criteria 3.Criteria: National Interpretations 4.Code of Conduct 5.Supply Chain Certification Systems 6.Guidelines on Communication & Claims 7.2011 RSPO CSPO Growth Interpretation Narrative


54 RSPO Secretariat Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia WWW.RSPO.ORG Email :

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