The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to promote the production and uptake of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). It is the basis for certification and serves as the global guidelines for sustainable palm oil production. It constitutes a set of environmental, social and economic principles as well as best management practices of which compliancy enables palm oil producers to claim that their palm oil is sustainably produced. Among the aims of the P&C is to ensure that the fundamental rights of land owners, local communities, plantation workers, small farmers as well as their families are respected and fully taken into account.
In its pursuit of transforming the oil palm industry to make it more sustainable, RSPO faces many challenges, complaints and disputes with varying circumstances that require varying approaches. RSPO focuses on dialogue to address and / or resolve any arising grievances as a means of seeking a resolution and this is done through the Complaints System and the Dispute Settlement Facility. RSPO believes that the Standard and Certification Systems, also its facilities, may function more effectively should there be a network of civil society initiatives.
RSPO works amongst others through its Standard (Principles and Criteria), a pool of accredited certifying bodies and assessors, Smallholder Strategy, a Complaints Mechanisms, and Dispute Settlement Facility. In general, however, communities and local level NGOs and other intermediary organisations (IMOs: trade unions, women’s groups, religious organisations) lack knowledge of the RSPO and how it functions. RSPO feels that they are important stakeholders and it seeks avenues to inform and capacitate these parties in order that there expertise, concerns and needs are fully taken into account, thus paving the way for a more effective engagement process that will then play a key role in RSPO achieving its mission.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Secretariat invites interested and prospective organisation for the role as an Intermediary Organisation (IMO) of Community Outreach & Engagement Program for Guatemala & Honduras. The programme aims to secure informed and vigorous engagement of communities in RSPO at all levels, by establish a strengthened outreach of RSPO through intermediary organisations in Honduras and Guatemala, in order to (re-)build RSPO’s credibility with civil society that it upholds its standards.
The details of this tender are outlined in the Terms of Reference (ToR) which can be downloaded below.
If you are interested in taking the role, please submit your proposal to [email protected].
This tender announcement will close on 8 April 2022 at 6:00 pm (JKT time).
Should you encounter any problems or if you have any enquiries relating to this tender, please contact [email protected].