The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established in 2004 to promote the production and use of sustainable palm oil for people, the planet and prosperity.
Forty per cent of the world’s palm oil producers are members of the RSPO, as well as many product manufacturers, retailers, environmental and social non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Vision: RSPO will transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm
The RSPO has become the globally recognised standard for sustainable palm oil. Sustainable palm oil is defined by the eight principles and criteria against which oil palm plantations are certified.
Eight RSPO principles and criteria
What does RSPO certified sustainable palm oil mean? The answer is: palm oil that is grown and certified against the 8 RSPO principles and criteria (with supporting indicators). These stringent sustainability criteria relate to social, environmental and economic good practice.
They are reviewed every five years via public consultation, followed by member agreement on a consensus basis for any changes or additions.
Download a copy of the RSPO principles and criteria at the bottom of this page.
A multi-stakeholder approach
The RSPO is managed by a member-elected board of governors comprising 16 members, designated by the General Assembly for a period of two years.
Each of the seven RSPO member groups is represented on the board of governors.
- Palm oil growers (4 seats)
- Palm oil processors and/or traders (2 seats)
- Consumer goods manufacturers (2 seats)
- Retailers (2 seats)
- Banks and Investors (2 seats)
- Environmental/nature conservation (2 seats)
- Social development NGOs (2 seats)
The board of governors was elected at the inaugural General Assembly held on 6 October 2004. Through staggered voting, within each sector, half the board is re-elected every year, at the Annual General Assembly of members, held at the end of the annual roundtable conference.
Any changes to the RSPO principles and criteria must be voted through the board under consensus.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Secretariat is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Secretariat is supported by the RSPO Indonesia Liaison Office (RILO), based in Jakarta. Responsibilities include:
View the current RSPO secretariat organisational chart
- The day-to-day running of the RSPO
- Organisation of RSPO Executive Board Meetings
- Organisation and coordination of Roundtable meetings and General Assemblies
- Recruitment of new members and service to members
- RSPO project support
- Coordination of Technical Groups (TG)
- Networking with other organisations or institutions
- Financial management