SMILE programme, a Shared Responsibility role model

A recent visit to a smallholder village in Riau, Indonesia reveals Shared Responsibility in action, with the synergy of three RSPO Certified Members APICAL, Asian Agri and KAO collaborating to improve smallholder livelihoods. Businesses in a range of industries today are increasingly reliant on global supply chains to produce their goods and deliver commodities to […]

ACOP 2022 Reporting Closed, Submissions at an All-time High

The official submissions for the Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP) 2022 cycle, which ran from 27 March to 19 May, have reached a new all-time high, exceeding 90% for the first time. The RSPO Secretariat wishes to express gratitude to all RSPO members for reaching this achievement. Through their support and engagement, ACOP submissions have […]

RSPO Codes of Conduct – Revised Clause 3.2

During the 19th General Assembly (GA19), which was held in person and virtually on 1 December 2022 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Resolution GA19-2 was approved with the mandate of updating and communicating to all RSPO Members about the change in Clause 3.2 of the updated RSPO Code of Conduct for Members 2022 and RSPO Code […]

RSPO Secretariat reaches final decision on Post-Verification Assessment Monitoring of Socapalm S.A. 

The RSPO Secretariat has reached a final decision on the Post-Verification Assessment Monitoring as a follow up to the Independent Verification Assessment at Socapalm operations in Cameroon.   In early 2022, the RSPO Secretariat initiated an independent RSPO Verification Assessment at Socapalm S.A. (a subsidiary of SOCFIN S.A.), following the allegations that were published in July […]

RSPO Secretariat reaches final decision on Post-Verification Assessment Monitoring of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad 

The RSPO Secretariat has reached a final decision on the Post-Verification Assessment Monitoring as a follow up to the Independent Verification Assessment at Sime Darby Plantation Berhad’s (SDPB) operations in Malaysia.   In early 2021, the RSPO Secretariat initiated an independent verification assessment to verify SDPB’s compliance with RSPO Standards, particularly on Principle 6 on Respect […]

Sierra Leonean Smallholders Report Up to Fivefold FFB Increase Since Certification

Sierra Leonean smallholders of the Ngoyaï Gbaayegie Group, the first in Africa to receive RSPO Certification. Photo credit: Michael Anao (VOI Concepts) A dusty red road diverges from Sierra Leone´s main highway. Hours of driving across rural landscapes has revealed the country´s wild beauty – a spell of white sand coastlines, verdant forests, and distant […]

First Colombian Smallholders Receive RSPO Certification

The Entrepalmeros are the first smallholder group to be RSPO Certified in Colombia. Cultivando sostenibilidad, cosechando futuro (“Cultivating sustainability, harvesting the future”) – the slogan of the Colombian smallholder group, Unión Temporal Entrepalmeros, has come to life as they became the very first independent smallholders in the country to obtain RSPO certification.  In March 2023, […]

RSPO, Indonesian Government to Boost Smallholder Certification

The RSPO and the Indonesian government, through the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs, are strengthening their relations by exploring avenues of collaboration to accelerate certification amongst oil palm smallholder farmers in Indonesia. In November 2022, following a side event at the Annual Roundtable Conference on Sustainable Palm Oil 2022 (RT2022) in Kuala Lumpur, representatives from […]

Many Lives, Many Stories – Meet RSPO’s new Deputy Director, Communications

RSPO’s new Deputy Director of Communications, Sangeetha Umakanthan, has lived several lives in her professional career – from starting out as an accountant-in-training in Australia and Malaysia (something she knew right away she wasn’t cut out for) to reinventing herself as a communications consultant, which took her on a colourful journey across the Middle East […]

All-Female Team Leads Colombian Smallholders

To commemorate Women’s Month in March, we spotlight an all-female senior team in Colombia supporting smallholders on their sustainability journey towards RSPO Certification. In a rural area in the César region of northern Colombia, an all-female management team is spearheading the shift towards sustainable practices for a group of oil palm smallholders. The four-woman team […]

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