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A review of the financial costs and benefits of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification: Implications for future research
Published in Sustainable Production and Consumption in 2021, this study reviews the existing literature to identify the financial outcomes associated with RSPO certification.
Pre-certification conditions of independent oil palm smallholders – Assessing prospects for RSPO certification
This study explores the differences in smallholders’ pre-certification conditions and prospects for certification to develop strategies to target smallholders that are currently not reached by certification initiatives.
Independent oil palm shareholder management practices and yield. Can RSPO certification make a difference?
The study aims to evaluate if and how certified smallholders perform differently from their non-certified counterparts in terms of management practices and yields, and to what extent this is related to RSPO certification.
Deforestation spillovers from oil palm sustainability certification
Published in Environmental Research Letters in March 2020, this study quantified forest loss and conservation spillovers from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification system in Indonesian Borneo (Kalimantan).
To grip or to slip – Smallholder inclusion in sustainable palm oil certifications in Riau, Indonesia
This study examines the barriers that smallholders face in pursuing the regulatory process prior to the certification process and how they affect smallholder inclusion in sustainable palm oil initiatives.
Opportunities and bottlenecks for upstream learning within RSPO certified palm oil value chains: A comparative analysis between Indonesia and Thailand
Published in the Journal of Rural Studies in August 2020, this study investigates if and how RSPO certification fosters upstream learning to improve farming practices.
Non-state certification of smallholders for sustainable palm oil in Sumatra, Indonesia
This study aims to understand the perceptions of RSPO certified smallholders about (1) the challenges and benefits of RSPO certification, (2) their willingness to maintain their certification, and (3) factors affecting their willingness.
Consumer preference for certified sustainable palm oil with environmental sustainability attributes: A choice experiment approach
This study explores Malaysian consumer knowledge of certified sustainable palm oil, and to estimate willingness to pay (WTP) for cooking oil certified under RSPO.
Companies committed to sustainable palm oil production have substantively stronger equity returns
This analysis by Climate Advisers was done to compare the financial performance of RSPO companies to non-RSPO companies.
Comparative life cycle assessment of RSPO-certified and non-certified palm oil
This report, prepared by 2.0 LCA consultants, presents the executive summary of a detailed life cycle assessment (LCA) study of palm oil production comparing the environmental impact of RSPO certified sustainable palm oil with non-certified palm oil.