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November 19, 2012, International – The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the international multi-stakeholder organization for sustainable palm oil, has signed a Service and License Agreement with Accreditation Services International (ASI) to manage and implement the Accreditation Programme.
There are currently 19 CBs (Certification Bodies) approved by the RSPO comprising 12 CBs for P&C (Principles & Criteria) Certification for growers and 14 for Supply Chain Certification; several CBs are approved for both certification programs. Existing RSPO approved CBs for both growers’ certification and supply chain certification will be given one year to complete the accreditation process while new CBs have to comply with the accreditation requirements immediately.
According to Darrel Webber, Secretary General of RSPO, “ASI is an established accreditation body with a track record of its services for other international multi stakeholder initiatives such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). They have demonstrable expertise in monitoring the performance of CBs globally through a well-developed accreditation process. The appointment of ASI is aimed at further advancing the robustness and integrity of RSPO’s certification process.”
The appointment of ASI begun in phases; with Phase 1 in 2010 focusing on desk audits with a selection of CBs; Phase 2 in 2011 & 2012 comprised of desk and office audits for all CBs including an implementation of witness audits with a select few; now leading into the final Phase 3 in January 2013 with full accreditation by ASI through desk audits, office audits and witness audits for all the CBs.
According to Guntars Lagūns, Managing Director of ASI, “It is great to see that our international third party assurance model is recognized by other successful global environmental and social initiatives such as the RSPO. I am delighted to see this professional affiliation with the RSPO in the last three years result in a full service accreditation agreement. Responsible management of both the plantations and the downstream supply chain is at the forefront of environmental and social stakeholder interest. ASI is looking forward to contributing to RSPO’s long term success by providing efficient and rigorous oversight of the implementation of RSPO requirements”.
To date, after 5 years of implementation, a total of 181 P&C Certificates have been issued by RSPO approved CBs in over 7 countries, covering a certified area of more than 1.6 million hectares of oil palm plantations. For the Supply Chain Certification, a total of 547 facilities have been certified, allowing them to trade in certified palm oil products.
Note to editors (background reference - not for publishing):
More information on RSPO can be accessed as indicated below:
· 2011-2012 ACOP Digest http://www.rspo.org/file/rspo_acop_digest_2012.pdf
· 2011 Growth Interpretation Narrative on RSPO CSPO: http://www.rspo.org/files/pdf/2011%20RSPO%20CSPO%20GIN_web.pdf
· Market Performance statistics: http://www.rspo.org/en/key_statistics
· Trademark statistics: http://www.rspo.org/en/trademark_key_statistics
· Membership statistics: http://www.rspo.org/en/membership_key_statistics
· Quick facts: http://www.rspo.org/file/QUICKFACTS-Sept2012(E)(1).pdf
· A news room with all past announcements and developments: http://www.rspo.org/en/news_releases
· Frequently Asked Questions & Answers: http://www.rspo.org/en/frequently_asked_questions
· General press kit materials: http://www.rspo.org/en/press_kit_materials
For more information, please contact:
Contact for RSPO Secretariat:
Contact for Europe:
T: +32 473 844 903
or +32 (0)2 231 50 19
Contact for Indonesia:
RSPO Indonesia Director
T: +62 21 5794 0222
Contact for India:
Contact for China:
T: (86 10) 5861 7597