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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, 28/02/2019 - The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Secretariat has been instructed to terminate the membership of PT Salim Ivomas Pratama Tbk (SIMP) and PT PP London Sumatra Indonesia Tbk (PT Lonsum) for failure to undertake the necessary steps to comply with the 2 November 2018 decision delivered by the RSPO Complaints Panel (the “Complaints Panel”). A final Letter of Notice was issued to SIMP by the Complaints Panel on 4 February 2019, granting SIMP the opportunity as Parent to undertake necessary actions to implement the decision on 2 November 2018. SIMP was also expected to revert with their plans on how they intended to ensure compliance by 8 February 2019, failing which the Complaints Panel will proceed with immediate action.
This multi-stakeholder representation is mirrored in the governance structure of RSPO, such that seats in the Board of Governors, Steering Committees and Working Groups are fairly allocated to each sector. In this way, RSPO lives out the philosophy of the "roundtable" by giving equal rights to each stakeholder group, facilitating traditionally adversarial stakeholders in working together to reach decisions by consensus, and achieving RSPO’s shared vision of making sustainable palm oil the norm.
The seat of the association is in Zurich, Switzerland, while the secretariat is currently based in Kuala Lumpur with satellite offices in Beijing (CN), Bogotá (CO), Jakarta (ID), London (UK), New York (USA), and Zoetermeer (NL).