The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit, international membership organisation that is working to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. To do this, we have united stakeholders from all sectors of the palm oil supply chain and civil society to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil production and procurement.

Since its inception in 2004, RSPO has enjoyed rapid growth and today has 5,000 members from 101 countries, including oil palm producers, processors, traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks, and non-governmental organisations. Thanks to the commitments and actions of these members, nearly 20% of the global supply of palm oil has already been certified as sustainable.

At RSPO, we believe that a not-for-profit organisation is made successful by the passion, skills, and expertise of its members and staff. They are the ones who drive our organisation to new heights and guide us through the next phase of our development.

The Manager, Risk (Environmental) will be part of RSPO’s fast-growing Assurance team, and will work collaboratively across RSPO’s teams globally. S/he will manage environmental risks through identification of environmental risks, assessment of their probability (likelihood) and consequences, and determining actions that should be taken to remove or reduce the risks, which potentially could constitute a breach of RSPO standards.

The oil palm sector is increasingly being challenged to recognise and respond to the serious risk of environmental violations within its operations globally, and sustainability issues remain high on the agendas of governments, regulators, stakeholders and consumers.

The location of this role is Malaysia or Indonesia.



Duties include but will not be limited to the following:

  1. Integrate environmental risks into the overall risk management process for the RSPO, which includes an analysis of the impact on the organisation when these risks occur. Subsequently, manage the identification and measurement of environmental risk.

  2. Ensure the identification, assessment and management of environmental risks are in line with RSPO standards, recognised international guidelines including the ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems, and are based on best practices and/or requirements of relevant standards that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

  3. Design due diligence processes and investigation frameworks that give rise to environmental risk within RSPO Members’ activities and relationships, and develop a monitoring mechanism that keeps track of related indicators. This includes identifying risks that arise from RSPO Members’ involvement in potential, actual and perceived environmental violations.

  4. Establish and improve the compliance framework on the prevention and remediation of environmental damage within the Assurance system, including developing a guideline for compliance and consequences for violators, to ensure continued compliance of environmental standards.

  5. Keep abreast of environmental laws and the effects of emerging regulations in jurisdictions where RSPO Members operate, and address queries from internal and external stakeholders relating to environmental risks, including to support senior management in providing responses to letters and correspondence from stakeholders.

  6. Support the communications team by providing environmental data, facts, and analysis for internal and external communications, and provide environmental subject matter expertise, ad-hoc research and analysis, and lead new environmental projects as required.

  7. Ensure functional alignment and coordination between various departments within the RSPO Secretariat and with relevant RSPO Members about plans and approaches from environmental risk management. When necessary, set up cross-functional teams across departments to implement risk management processes.

  8. Integrate environmental risk management into the compliance processes (such as Certification, Remediation & Compensation Procedure, New Planting Procedure etc.) and with the grievance mechanism, primarily in detecting problems and identifying mitigations as a form of prevention.

  9. Provide expertise and engage stakeholders at a local, regional and global level in a professional, consistent and evidence-based manner to ensure RSPO standards are implemented accurately, in close collaboration with the Compliance Unit and Standard Development department. Establish frameworks allowing relevant stakeholders to identify and address environmental impacts more effectively, including data and intelligence sharing.

  10. Conduct regular review of external parties and vendors used in environmental risk management. Review new vendor applications and sample reports, and provide recommendations to the organisation to add to the approved list or delete from the approved list.

  11. Analyse regional and international trends in precedents pertaining to environmental matters, including violations of environmental standards within the palm oil industry, and support innovation, adoption of best practices, development and continuous improvement of relevant tools/systems/approaches in line with the RSPO Theory of Change.

  12. Build environmental risk awareness amongst staff by providing support and training within the organisation, and to work with staff at all levels to ensure that procedures are followed for the implementation of the risk management plans.

Apart from the duties stated above, to perform any duty or duties reasonably assigned.



  • University degree in environmental sciences or related field. A graduate degree would be advantageous.

  • At least 5 years’ experience assessing climate, environmental, and social risks in the context of large agribusiness projects.

  • Working knowledge of environmental law and regulatory processes in Southeast Asia, Latin America or Africa.

  • Deep understanding of environmental issues including climate change and biodiversity, water management, relating to the agriculture sector. Experience in the oil palm industry is an asset.



  • Knowledge of ISO 31000 Risk Management, ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems and other internationally recognised risk management techniques, guidelines and benchmark.

  • Able to engage with a diverse stakeholder base, including NGOs, Corporates and Governments.

  • Good understanding of the work of the RSPO and standards.

  • Familiar with other sustainability schemes (e.g. Forest Stewardship Council, Marine Stewardship Council, Rainforest Alliance etc.).

  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

  • Ability and willingness to work with people of different backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity with tact and diplomacy in dealing with both external persons and multinational staff.

  • Demonstrable organisational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Good understanding of the environmental landscape in countries in which RSPO Grower Members operate.

  • High integrity and a good team player.

  • Goal-oriented and organized.

  • Self-motivated and self-directed.

  • Spanish, French, and/or Indonesian language skills are a plus.



Your commitment and passion to drive innovation will be rewarded with an opportunity to work in an international multi-stakeholder organisation, where making a difference to People, Planet and Prosperity is not just a statement, but what we passionately believe in.

Operating within a dynamic and fast-paced environment, you will enjoy functioning within a role that offers the opportunity to broaden your skill set and develop your capabilities.


Qualified applicants are invited to send in their updated CV giving comprehensive details of educational background, work experience, and related achievements to [email protected]. Please state "Job Application – Manager, Risk (Environmental)" in your email subject line.

**RSPO is an equal opportunity employer. Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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