Dear Valued Members,

We recognise that 2020 has been a challenging year and that many in our membership have faced challenges that could not have been foreseen since our last General Assembly. You have all had to adjust to a new business reality, and so must the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Together, we shall continue our vital mission to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. 

Accordingly, the RSPO will hold its 17th General Assembly (GA17) of members on:

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Time: 8:00 PM (GMT+8), Kuala Lumpur Time

As announced on 10 September 2020 by the RSPO Board of Governors, there will be a special arrangement to hold a virtual meeting for GA17 and that voting will be carried out entirely via electronic voting (e-voting). 

In accordance with Article 9 of the RSPO Statutes 2018, RSPO Members are now invited to submit nominations for the elections of the RSPO Board of Governors (BoG) using the Nomination Form.

Listed below are the BoG seats that are up for election and the retiring members, who may be re-nominated if they wish to stand.




Grower – Smallholders

FELDA, Amir Hamdan Bin Yusof

FELDA, Razuwan Bin Che Rose

Grower – Rest of the World

Agrocaribe, Jose Roberto Montenegro Baide

SIPEF, Sander Van den Ende

Univanich, John Clendon

Olam International Limited, Audrey Lee

Processors and/or Traders

AAK AB, Timothy Stephenson AAK AB, Carolina Sikking

Consumer Goods Manufacturers

The Procter & Gamble Company, Lee Kuan-Chun

Ferrero Trading Lux S.A., Olivier Charrier


Retailers’ Palm Oil Group, Julian Walker-Palin

Royal Ahold Delhaize NV, Hugo John Byrnes

Banks and Investors

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., Sook Ching LIM, Geraldine

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., Martin Van Vaals

Environmental NGOs

WWF International, Michael Robert Guindon

HUTAN Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme, Harjinder Kler

Social NGOs

Both ENDS, Paul Wolvekamp


The following position was replaced during the year and is up for approval.



Environmental NGOs

Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Eleanor Spencer

Only Ordinary Members are eligible to be nominated as candidates to represent their respective membership sector and may either nominate themselves or any other candidates. Please refer to the list of Ordinary Members on the RSPO website.

In accordance with Article 11(d) of the RSPO Statutes 2018, the principal nominee of a BoG seat shall name his/her Alternate who must come from the same membership sector of the principal nominee. For the avoidance of doubt, an Alternate named in a BoG seat nomination shall be elected concurrently with the principal nominee.

All candidates are required to submit a nomination including all retiring BoG members who are available to stand for re-election. Nominations must be submitted using the Nomination Form and sent to the RSPO Secretariat either by email ([email protected]) or fax (+603 2202 0527).

All nominations must reach the RSPO Secretariat no later than 1700 hour (GMT+8), 9 October 2020 (Friday). Please note that a strict policy will be enforced and late nominations will not be considered.

Further information relating to registration, e-voting and the virtual GA process will be provided in due course. The formal Notice of General Assembly will be issued to members on 2 November 2020.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind all members to update your membership contact details and ensure the settlement of any outstanding membership fees.

For further information, kindly contact the RSPO Secretariat at +603 2201 4646 or email us at [email protected].



Beverly Postma

Chief Executive Officer

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

17 September 2020


*Edited on 24 September 2020

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