All RSPO Members share the responsibility of cultivating sustainability for people and the planet. The RSPO Theory of Change (ToC) is underpinned by the concept of Shared Responsibility and accountability for greater progress towards sustainability.  

The RSPO Shared Responsibility Requirements and Implementation document was endorsed by the RSPO Board of Governors (BoG) on 31 October 2019. Shared Responsibility (SR) for downstream actors translates into a sustainable supply chain by adopting sustainable policies and plans, demonstrating accountability, allocating resources for implementation, and collective effort to create a higher demand for certified sustainable oil palm products. 

Annually, the Shared Responsibility Working Group (SRWG) makes a recommendation to the BoG for the percentage point increase of certified uptake by supply chain members as per the SR requirement on volumes. Against this background, the RSPO BoG has recently endorsed the following uptake targets for Year Four (2023):

  Processors & Traders CGMs & Retailers
Year 4 (2023) 2% 12%

The percentage point uptake targets are applicable to existing members and new Ordinary members (joining from 2023 onwards) from the starting point of membership. The annual CSPO uptake target is the percentage increase of CSPO volumes relative to the total palm oil volume between two years (baseline and current year). 

This RSPO Factsheet includes an example of how to calculate the baseline and the uptake targets in volumes. New members will be assessed on their uptake target performance upon the submission of their first mandatory Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP) whereby their reported volumes in their membership application will be used to calculate their baseline.

Supply chain actors should meet their uptake targets by means of physical RSPO Certified volumes (Identity Preserved, Segregated or Mass Balance) or by buying RSPO Credits when it is not possible to buy physical certified products.

Given the current tightness of the CSPKO market, there will not be any uptake targets for CSPKO in 2023. However, members are encouraged to continue increasing their sourcing of CSPKO volumes.

‘’We look forward to RSPO Members scaling up their efforts and providing more resources to ensure that supply matches demand for CSPO. Growers and specifically smallholders need to be incentivised to produce palm oil sustainably, and so certified material should always find buyers in the market. In the coming years, we need to work collectively to increase the demand for CSPO particularly in the emerging markets which will also lead to a greater availability of CSPKO,” says Kamal Seth, Global Palm Oil Director at WWF Singapore, and SRWG Co-Chair.

If you have any questions or need support with calculating your uptake target volume, please contact  [email protected].

RSPO Shared Responsibility is a continuous process and together we rely on your actions to make palm oil truly sustainable in every market. 



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