On 7 November 2019, the Board of Governors of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) approved the expanded scope of the RSPO Group Membership. The expanded scope will address situations that are beyond the current corporate legal definition of Group Membership in Section 5.0 of the RSPO Membership Rules 2016. The changes will provide a clear guidance for membership application, certification, trademark usage, complaints and other key areas.

The changes are as follows:







One (1) definition of Group Membership.                                                                                                         

Six (6) definitions of Group Membership – corporate group, smallholder group manager, supply chain group manager, group of companies operating under a common brand, cooperatives union, and companies having common individual owner(s).




Beneficial ownership is not covered under RSPO Membership Rules

Beneficial ownership has been defined and all related entities will be deemed part of a Group for the purpose in relation to compliance with RSPO Statutes, Code of Conduct, and all key documents and procedures of the RSPO.

The changes to the RSPO Membership Rules are effective immediately.  For more information, please click here

Should you have any enquiries, kindly contact the RSPO Secretariat at +603 2302 1500 or email us at [email protected]

Warm regards,

RSPO Secretariat 

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