Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

In food, the main certification standard used is the RSPO-standard. RSPO is a not-for-profit association that unites stakeholders from seven sectors of the palm oil industry: palm oil growers, palm oil processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental and nature conservation NGOs and social or developmental NGOs.

Through an open and intensive dialogue between its seven stakeholder groups, RSPO has developed a global standard for sustainable palm oil known as the RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C). Many European refiners, consumer goods manufacturers and retailers are RSPO members.  An increasing number of members have committed to switch to 100 per cent certified sustainable palm oil. 



What is RSPO certified sustainable palm oil?

The RSPO certified palm oil is produced according to the principles and criteria of the RSPO:

and can be traded according to one of the four RSPO approved trading models:

  1. Book & Claim (B&C): Plantations that are certified according to the RSPO standard can offer and sell GreenPalm certificates. End users of palm oil products such as palm oil, palm kernel oil or derived products can buy certificates for sustainably-produced palm oil products (, or
  2. Mass Balance (MB): Sustainable palm oil from certified sources is mixed with conventional palm oil but monitored administratively, or
  3. Segregation (SG): Sustainable palm oil from various certified plantations is separated from conventional palm oil throughout the entire supply chain, or
  4. Identity Preserved (IP): Sustainable palm oil from one single certified oil mill is separated from conventional palm oil throughout the entire supply chain.