A sustainable standard like the RSPO – Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – is based on a set of principles and criteria which define good social and environmental practices within an industry/product.
The RSPO principles and criteria can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
The video below, courtesy of Iseal Alliance, provides an explanation on what sustainable standards do and various parts of the system that make them credible to local/global markets.
The RSPO, focusing on palm oil sustainability, is currently an associate member of Iseal, working towards full compliance with the Codes of Good Practice.
"Sustainability standards operate in a diverse and complex landscape. In order to do so, they must be effective, efficient and credible."