Standards Review Overview

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is initiating its five year review cycle of the 2018 RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C) and the review of the 2019 RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard. The development of standard requirements applicable to medium growers and Scheme Smallholders will also be explored.

Apart from reviewing the standard applicable to the production of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) and Certified Fresh Fruit Bunch (CFFB), this process also aims to make recommendations on which elements of the revised P&C should be applied to non-grower RSPO members as part of their shared responsibility to promote sustainable palm oil.

The objective of this process is to review and streamline the production standard to ensure continued relevance and effectiveness in demonstrating that palm oil produced and sold as RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) is credible and inclusive.

To strengthen the credibility of the RSPO certification scheme, this review process strives to address the following key challenges:

  • Ensuring the comprehensiveness and relevance of RSPO Standards;
  • Achieving desired impact;
  • Clarifying interpretations and uncertainties;
  • Resolving inadequate capacities and resources in the assurance systems; and
  • Aligning RSPO approaches with other sustainability initiatives.

Public Consultations

Revised RSPO Principles & Criteria and RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard

The first draft of the revised RSPO Principles & Criteria (P&C) and RSPO Independent Smallholder (ISH) Standard went through the first round of Public Consultation, which will be carried out from 1 November 2022 to 15 January 2023 using a global online commenting platform.

You can download the first drafts in your preferred language below:

  1. RSPO Principles & Criteria 2023
  2. RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard

The RSPO Steering Committee is compiling notes and will provide an update in late January/early February 2023 on next steps.


Where to learn more about the Standards Review

The review process will be guided by the RSPO Standard Operating Procedure for Standard Setting and Review (2020), in line with ISEAL Alliance’s requirements and the ISEAL Standard-setting Code of Good Practices V6.

Please review the Terms of Reference (ToR) & Review Process for complete details endorsed by the RSPO Board of Governors on 14 February 2022.

Governance Structure

Governance Structure Members

The RSPO Standard Standing Committee (SSC) will provide oversight on the entire process, wherein a Steering Group, consisting of the CEO of the RSPO Secretariat and the Co-Chairs of the RSPO Standards, Assurance, Market Development and Smallholder Standing Committee will ensure a coordinated, comprehensive and joint approach to the review, and will make decisions in the event that consensus cannot be achieved at the TF level.

Steering Group
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Task Force
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Technical Committee: Smallholder
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Technical Committee: People
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Technical Committee: Planet
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Standard Review Task Force (TF) Meeting Dates

Meeting 1a
7 – 8 July 2022
Meeting 1b
9 – 11 August 2022
Kuala Lumpur
The Saujana Hotel
Meeting 2
21 – 23 September 2022
Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel
Meeting 3
21 – 23 March 2023
Holiday Inn & Suites Jakarta Gajah Mada, Jakarta
Meeting 4
24 – 26 July 2023
Kuala Lumpur
Coming soon

Interested in observing TF/TC meeting(s)?

In line with RSPO’s principle of transparency, members and stakeholders are welcome to observe any specific TF and/or Technical Committee (TC) meeting. While it is critical for RSPO to make important information and processes publicly available and easily accessible, the organisation is also committed to protecting confidential and private information.

Any member and/or stakeholder can register your interest here.

Key notes for any interested member/stakeholder:

  • Alongside your registration, observers should complete, sign and upload a copy of the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct can also be downloaded from the registration form.
  • Each registration is for ONE meeting ONLY. If you wish to attend two meetings (e.g., one TF meeting and one TC meeting), please register two times indicating the specific meeting and date you would like to observe.
  • We kindly ask that observers register their interest in observing any particular TF/TC meeting at least two weeks in advance. TF/TC meeting dates will be made available on this page.

Public webinars and in-person workshops

The Secretariat will be hosting two public webinars for the launch of the Public Consultation on 7 November 2022 to share details about the main changes between the current Standards (P&C and ISH) and the proposed draft as well as information on how to participate in our global online commenting platform.

Webinar: Public Consultation Launch

On 7 November 2022, a public webinar was hosted for the launch of the Public Consultation, highlighting the main changes between the P&C 2018 and the first draft, as well as information on how to provide comments.

If you missed the live session, you can catch up with the recording of the webinar below. The webinar includes:

  • Overview of the revision process, including: objective, timeline, governance, and status.
  • Overview of the key criteria for improvement.

Instructions on how to provide comments through the Online Commenting Platform.


Register: In-person workshops

In-person workshops will also be conducted at locations around the world to collect comments, feedback, and input. The workshop agenda will be split across two days:

  • Day 1: RSPO Principles & Criteria – focus on labour and environmental-related indicators and support for smallholder inclusion. Applicable to mills-with-own-plantations, growers and Scheme Smallholders.
  • Day 2: RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard – focus on challenges in implementation and adoption of RSPO certification by smallholders, with emphasis on Independent Smallholders.

Please feel free to register your interest in any of the in-person consultation workshops listed below. Participation in the workshop is strictly for confirmed registered participants.

Venue or Location
RSPO Contact
Registration Link
1 & 2 November 2022
Lagos, Nigeria
9 & 10 November 2022
Bogota, Colombia
14 & 15 November 2022
Villahermosa, México
22 & 23 November 2022
Palangkaraya, Indonesia
Bahasa Indonesia
28 November 2022
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia*
5 & 6 December 2022
Jakarta, Indonesia
Bahasa Indonesia/ English
7 & 8 December 2022
Pekanbaru, Indonesia
Bahasa Indonesia/ English
13 & 14 December 2022
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
19 & 20 December 2022
Surat Thani, Thailand
23 December 2022
Vijayawada, India**
5 January 2023
Tawau, Malaysia**

* In-person workshop will be one day focused on P&C Criteria.

** In-person workshop will be one day focused on ISH.

Questions? Contact us

Please email [email protected] or the appropriate Secretariat contact below:

Javin Tan
Task Force (TF) Coordinator
Leena Ghosh
Technical Committee (TC) Coordinator (People)
Francisco Naranjo
Technical Committee (TC) Coordinator (Smallholder)
Imam Marzuq
Technical Committee (TC) Coordinator (Planet)


Principles and Criteria 2018 (P&C)


2019 RSPO Independent Smallholder (ISH) Standard


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