The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit organisation that was established in 2004 to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products. The RSPO was formed by a group of stakeholders, including palm oil producers, processors, traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks, and NGOs, who recognised the need for a global platform to promote the production and use of sustainable palm oil.
The RSPO develops and implements global standards for the production and use of sustainable palm oil. These standards are based on principles and criteria covering a range of social, environmental, and economic issues related to palm oil production. The RSPO also provides a certification scheme for palm oil producers who comply with these standards.
The RSPO's mission is to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil, which is produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. The organisation aims to achieve this by promoting sustainable practices in the production of palm oil, supporting the development of sustainable supply chains, and raising awareness among consumers about the importance of sustainable palm oil.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)?
RSPO is a standard which provides a set of principles and criteria for the sustainable production and sourcing of palm oil. This includes the protection of biodiversity and the rights of workers and local communities.
What are the benefits of RSPO?
The benefits of RSPO are:
RSPO helps promote the adoption of sustainable practices in the palm oil industry. It mitigates the negative environmental and social impacts of palm oil production.
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How long does RSPO certification last?
RSPO certification is valid for a period of five years. There are annual surveillance audits conducted by LRQA to ensure compliance with the RSPO requirements. To maintain RSPO certification status, the organisation would undergo a new certification audit every five years.
How much does RSPO certification cost?
The cost of RSPO certification vaires on multiple factors, such as the size of the organisation, the organisation structure, and the scope of the certification. To request a quote based on your specific needs, contact us here.
What is the typical RSPO certification process?
The typical RSPO certification process consists of several steps, these include:
Gap analysis - An optional assessment, conducted prior to the audit, whether by you or a third-party organisation, to identify any gaps between the organisations's practices and the requirements of the RSPO standard.
Audit - An audit takes place on-site where the organisation's complince is assessed in line with the RSPO standard. If there are no major non-conformotieis, you'll receive your certification.
Promote your certification - Your certification demonstrates a commitment to internationally recognised best practices and continual improvement - helping you win new business and meet conusmer demands.
Are you already certified to RSPO and would like to transfer?
If you hold a valid accredited certificate of approval with another provider and you are considering making the move, transferring your RSPO Food Safety certification to LRQA is simple. We'll work with you to ensure your transfer is as smooth as possible.
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