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RSPO Certification - Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm oil is an extremely important commodity in the food industry as well as non-food industry. Over the last few decades, the uncontrolled expansion of palm oil’s production and cultivation has caused land degradation and water depletion that has had a severe impact on the environment. Therefore, a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established.

What is RSPO?

Found in 2004, RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria that companies must adhere to produce certified palm oil (CSPO - certified sustainable palm oil). If they are applied properly, these criteria can minimize negative effects such as deforestation. There has been a lot of criticism surrounding the use of palm oil in the industry. Following the RSPO framework means you are committed to working closely with intermediary providers in an attempt to reduce the impacts on the environment created by palm oil plantations.

What is the RSPO Supply Chain Certification?

The RSPO Supply Chain Certification System is an independent supply chain guardianship aiming to prove that palm oil is sustainably and ethically acquired from certified growers. The supply chain includes all stages from refining, manufacturing, processing, transporting and distributing palm oil. the RSPO Supply Chain certification makes it quicker to track the traceability of the product, from that demonstrating that the sustainability of palm oil meets the expectations of customers and end-consumers.

How does palm oil affect your enterprises?

Nowadays, 50 million tons of palm oil are produced annually. This output is equivalent to more than 30% of the world's vegetable oil. Palm oil can be found in a wide range of products such as bread, candies, shampoo, cosmetics and so on.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, this unique vegetable oil is found in 40-50% of Australian household products.

The origin of palm oil is likely to affect the sustainability of the ecosystems, economic development and the health of indigenous communities. The unsustainable utilization of palm oil is becoming increasingly pervasive which can damage the brand reputation and affect the sustainable development of businesses in the supply chain across the globe. The palm oil production areas have expanded globally which is around 43% from 1990. As a result, the related food and non-food companies have to beat the brunt of proving that palm oil used in their products has clear and sustainable sources.

What are the benefits of RSPO Certification?

  • Minimize risks by understanding your supply chain and isolating threats.
  • Improve compliance to meet legal requirements.
  • Satisfy customers and end-consumers demands and expectations related to the commitment of sustainable palm oil utilization.
  • Increase enterprise’s social responsibility and social impact.
  • Consider requiring stakeholders to provide evidence of their strong and sustainable system.
  • Strengthen competitive advantage and the ability to access new markets.

The effectiveness brought from your certification

As a customer of BSI, you can access some resources designed to help you get the most out of your certification. Regularly, you will be received the latest updates on certifications and management system as well as our pre-audit courses and events. The support you are offered by customer management will continue to provide business ideas that help your organization maintain a competitive advantage and continual improvement.


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