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FACTBOX-Role of watchdog Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

  • On July 10, 2016

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FACTBOX-Role of watchdog Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
06/07/2016 5:21

KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 (Reuters) – Palm oil companies have come under more pressure recently to comply with standards set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to prevent deforestation and other harmful practices in the $30 billion industry. The following are some questions and answers about the RSPO and its role in the palm oil industry: What is RSPO? The RSPO is a not-for-profit international organization whose 2,819 members represent all sectors of the palm oil industry, including palm oil producers, palm oil traders, consumer goods manufacturers, banks and investors, retailers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The RSPO headquarters is in Zurich, while its secretariat is in Kuala Lumpur. What is the RSPO’s role? The RSPO was founded in 2004 to develop and implement standards to grow and process “sustainable” palm oil. The standards aim to reduce deforestation, preserve bio-diversity and respect the rights of plantation workers, smallholders and local communities. What is the RSPO certification? The RSPO’s global guidelines for producing sustainable palm oil are called the RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C). There are eight principles and 39 criterias, which are reviewed every five years. The RSPO evaluates whether or not plantations are meeting the standards through an auditor called a Certification Body. There are two certification systems under the RSPO P&C – one ensures the sustainable production of palm oil, and the other ensures the integrity of sustainable palm oil trade. Both certification systems involve third party certification bodies. Growers are assessed for RSPO certification every five years and will be annually assessed for continued compliance. Which countries produce RSPO certified sustainable palm oil? Certified sustainable palm Total Certified Sustainable oil producing countries Palm Oil produced (tonnes) *for April 2016 Indonesia 6,696,584 Malaysia 5,509,865 Papua New Guinea 665,521 Brazil 180,891 Costa Rica 170,668 Columbia 107,394 Guatemala 107,252 Honduras 76,053 Thailand 51,946 Solomon Islands 31,853 Ghana 30,669 Cambodia 25,861 Ivory Coast 4,486 (Compiled by Emily Chow; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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