** Public Consultation is now open from 5 July to 20 August 2024.

 

Public Consultation: Revised RSPO Principles and Criteria and RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard and RSPO Certification Systems

In compliance with the directions set by the Steering Group dated 6 September 2023 and thereafter endorsed by the RSPO Standards Standing Committee and approved by the RSPO Board of Governors, the RSPO Secretariat has been proactive in implementing the technical revision of the RSPO Standards, based on the third draft produced during the fourth Task Force Meeting.

Various activities have been undertaken to implement the directions of the Steering Group, namely seeking clarity, relevance, implementability, and auditability of Draft #3, together with the parallel revision of the associated Certification Systems documents, and development of supplementary guidance documents. The development of these documents will also be coordinated alongside the development of the new RSPO certification, trade and traceability system – PRISMA, to ensure that the digital system is fully aligned with the revised standards and certification requirements. Proposals have been made to address outstanding substantive issues associated with the third draft, including the scope and supporting processes underpinning implementation of the standards. During this process, several key issues or gaps were identified, with changes made to the structure of the criteria and indicators as well as addressing market and regulatory topics of relevance.

Revision One of the revised RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C), RSPO Independent Smallholder (ISH) Standard along with the first draft of RSPO Certification Systems are now ready for Public Consultation. The Public Consultation will be carried out over a 45 day period from 5 July to 20 August 2024.

The RSPO Secretariat will be holding in-person workshops and online public webinars in various cities around the world and across multiple time zones to share details about the main changes between the current Standards (P&C and ISH), Certification Systems and the proposed drafts. We will also share information on how to participate in our global online commenting platform and also explain the much awaited new RSPO certification, trade and traceability system – PRISMA.

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

Date Venue or Location Language RSPO Contact Registration Link
10 & 11 July 2024 Jakarta, Indonesia Bahasa Indonesia Dede Herland REGISTER HERE
15 & 16 July 2024 Surat Thani, Thailand Thai Radda Larpnun REGISTER HERE
16 & 17 July 2024 Bogota, Colombia Spanish Diego Pierrend REGISTER HERE
23 July 2024 Guatemala City, Guatemala Spanish Diego Pierrend REGISTER HERE
31 July & 1 August 2024 Accra, Ghana English Victor Tamanjong REGISTER HERE
6 & 7 August 2024 Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire French Victor Tamanjong REGISTER HERE

 

Public Webinar (1 hour)

Date Time Language Registration Link
9 July 2024 10:00 AM (GMT+8) English, Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia, Thai, Japanese REGISTER HERE
12 July 2024

(TBC)

10:00 AM (GMT+1) English, French, Spanish REGISTER HERE
19 July 2024 (TBC) 10:00 AM (GMT+7) English, Bahasa Indonesia, Thai, Japanese REGISTER HERE
22 July 2024 (TBC) 10:00 AM (GMT+5.30) English, Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia REGISTER HERE
30 July 2024 10:00 AM (GMT+7) English, Bahasa Indonesia REGISTER HERE
5 August 2024

(TBC)

10:00 AM (GMT-5) English, French, Spanish REGISTER HERE

Update on the Progress of the 2023 Standards Review

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has completed its comprehensive and highly consultative review of its current 2018 RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C), 2019 RSPO Independent Smallholder (ISH) Standard and associated system documents, and will commence a technical revision process to produce revised standards in 2024. 

The Board has entrusted the technical revisions to be undertaken by the Secretariat in close consultation with all stakeholders under the continued guidance of the Review Steering Group and the Standards Standing Committee. The Board has full confidence that the Secretariat will deliver a credible, relevant and impactful standard and certification system which will, amongst others, ensure the organisation’s continued relevance in the face of shifting regulatory and market expectations. The Secretariat has been directed to produce the revised set of standards and associated certification system by no later than the deadline for submission to the 21st General Assembly in 2024.

In February 2022, the RSPO, led by the P&C Review Task Force with the support of the Technical Committees and external facilitators, commenced its five-year review cycle of its standards. A major focus of the review was on improving the audibility and implementability of the RSPO Standards in all growers categories. Additionally, the process aimed 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 RSPO Standards review identified several areas for potential improvement that required technical analysis and consultations beyond the scope of the Task Force to ensure the development of relevant and effective standards that are implementable and auditable.

The Steering Group has proposed the following actions, which were endorsed by the Standards Steering Committee and approved by the Board:

  • The Secretariat will finalise the review and commence the revision of the certification system documents for the P&C and ISH Standard in parallel with the revision of the standards, as well as develop any guidance documents required to supplement the standards.
  • The Secretariat will revise the associated normative guidances and Certification System Document for the P&C and ISH Standard in line with the requirements for clarity, relevance, implementability and auditability as soon as possible, but not later than the deadline for submission to the General Assembly meeting in 2024.
  • The development of the revised standards and certification system documents will coordinate with the development of the new RSPO certification, trade and traceability system (CTTS) to ensure that the digital system is fully aligned with the revised standards and certification requirements.

The RSPO Standards review process is in compliance with the global association for sustainability standards, the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling (ISEAL) Alliance, which recommends that a standard must be reviewed at least every five years for continued relevance and effectiveness in meeting its stated objectives. If the review concludes that changes to the standard are required, then a standards revision is carried out according to the process outlined in the ISEAL Impacts and Standard-Setting Code.

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 Comments Received: Revised RSPO Principles and Criteria and RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard

The draft of the revised RSPO Principles & Criteria (P&C) and RSPO Independent Smallholder (ISH) Standard has gone through two rounds of public consultation which was carried out during 1 November to 31 December 2022, and 1 to 30 June 2023 respectively.

You can download the comments received for both rounds of Public Consultation below:

  1. First round of Public Consultation comments:
    RSPO Principles and Criteria (1st round)
    RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard (1st round)
  2. Second round of Public Consultation comments:
    RSPO Principles and Criteria (2nd round)
    RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard (2nd round)

Standard Review Task Force (TF) Meeting Dates

Meeting
Date
Location
Venue
Meeting 1a
7 – 8 July 2022
Virtual
Meeting 1b
9 – 11 August 2022
Kuala Lumpur
The Saujana Hotel
Meeting 2
21 – 23 September 2022
Amsterdam
Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel
Meeting 3
21 – 23 March 2023
Jakarta
Holiday Inn & Suites Jakarta Gajah Mada, Jakarta
Meeting 4
31 July – 4 August 2023
Kuala Lumpur
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel

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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RSPO SECRETARIAT LEADS

Secretariat
Role
Email
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)

Standards

Principles and Criteria 2018 (P&C)

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2019 RSPO Independent Smallholder (ISH) Standard

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Related Information

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Modified
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07 Jul 2022
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13 Mar 2022