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Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (Rspo) Supply Chain Certification Systems

Prove your commitment to Sustainable Palm Oil

RSPO - Business Challenge

Today, palm oil has become the world’s most widely used vegetable oil, with 50 million metric tons produced in 2012. Used both in food and non-food industries, palm oil has a central role to play in the economic development of its producing countries and the nourishment of millions of people.

After a sharp increase in the production of palm oil from the 1990s to the present day, as well as pressures on the environment and on local populations, a global reaction from the palm oil production chain and stakeholders is required. Using RSPO certified sustainable palm oil commits your company to sustainability while maintaining a sufficient supply of palm oil without damaging the living conditions of indigenous communities and the biodiversity of adjacent ecosystems.

What is RSPO?

Founded in 2004, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil is a not-for-profit organisation whose primary objective is to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil.

Seven sectors of the palm oil industry take part in the decision process including producers, processors or traders, manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental conservation NGOs and social or developmental NGOs.

RSPO Supply Chain Certification Systems: An Explanation

RSPO Supply Chain Certification Systems is a standard to certify conformity of supply chains using RSPO certified sustainable palm oil or products derived thereof. It addresses millers, refiners, processors, manufacturers, traders, retailers and others stakeholders from the supply chain. Several traceability models are available: Identity Preserved (IP), Segregated (SG), or Mass Balanced (MP).

What are the key benefits for RSPO?

  • Addresses your client’s needs and meets their expectations regarding commitments to sustainable palm oil products.
  • Compliance with the requirements and expectations of major distributors and retailers to prove the sustainability of products.
  • Gives you a competitive advantage to the published claims you make about your products.
  • Demonstrates the quality of your commitment to follow environmental practices and sustainable business.
  • Attests to your employees that they are working in a sustainable and socially responsible company.

RSPO: Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Expertise in Sustainability Certification

Bureau Veritas Certification is a leading global certification body for the following industries: food safety, sustainable agriculture and forestry ,biomass and biofuels, which are the core of sustainable palm oil requirements.

Combined Audits 

An RSPO member, Bureau Veritas Certification can propose combined audits with the RSPO Supply Chain in order to satisfy all of your markets in one single cost effective audit. (For example ISO standards.)

Network

A global presence in more than 100 countries means both international expertise and in depth knowledge of local standards. We can also provide certification for each step of your supply chain.

A recognised Certificate

After compliance to the selected scheme is completed, you will be awarded a Certificate from Bureau Veritas Certification, which is an evidence of your company’s commitment to sustainable activities recognized throughout the world.

OUR APPROACH

1- Completion of application form and selection of your supply chain model
2- Signing of contract
3- On-site audit
4- Issuing of certificate, if no non-compliances are identified
5- Registration of certificate on the RSPO website

The certificate lifetime is 5 years with annual surveillance audit. According to this standard, you will be able to include several sites in the scope of your certification

RSPO FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I use the RSPO logo to promote my business?

    As a certified company, you will be able to promote your commitment by using the RSPO logo.

    Depending on your situation, two possible claims exist:
    “This product contains certified sustainable palm oil.

    www.rspo.info"

    - used by both ‘Identity preserved’ and ‘Segregation’ systems
    “Contributes to the production of certified sustainable palm.

    www.rspo.info"

    - used by both ‘Mass balance’ and ‘Book and claim’ systems

    This logo can be used on products and packaging

    The RSPO certification is meaningful for your client and final consumer.
    Its communication will be a pillar of your sustainable development policy

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