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RSPO members from North America met in Chicago on 26 June to discuss what Shared Responsibility meant for downstream supply chain actors. Proforest and LiSeed Consulting partnered with RSPO to facilitate the public consultation process, which focused on the Shared Responsibility Task Force (SRTF) recommendations document that was released prior to the public consultation. RSPO members engaged in a day-long programme of roundtable discussions and activities, culminating in comments that were submitted to the SRTF.
To summarise the public consultation process, Aimee said that the idea of shared responsibility has been agreed upon and discussed for many years, but participants in the public consultations have collectively shown that it is time to put rhetoric to action and lead by example.
Clause 3.2 of the RSPO Code of Conduct for Members, applicable to all members, states that members to whom the RSPO P&C do not apply directly will implement parallel standards relevant to their own organisation, which cannot be lower than those set out in the P&C. During the 2018 P&C Review, it was agreed that a transparent process was needed to address the details of implementing shared responsibility according to the Code of Conduct.