RSPO was formed in response to the urgent and pressing global call for sustainably produced palm oil. To ensure the credibility of palm oil sustainability claims, all RSPO members who take legal ownership and produce or handle RSPO certified sustainable oil palm products need to be RSPO certified.
RSPO certification ensures that all users and consumers are contributing to the production of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), and thereby reducing the negative social and environmental impact of conventional oil palm cultivation. At the heart of this process is the RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C), a set of stringent standards for sustainable palm oil production that RSPO members must comply with.
RSPO has recently developed the Practical Guidance on Gender Inclusion and Compliance to the 2018 RSPO P&C and the 2019 Independent Smallholder (ISH) Standard.
This guidance describes the building blocks of a gender inclusive business, specifically for the palm oil sector. It aims to assist RSPO members to adopt best practices using the RSPO standards while meeting specific criteria and indicators.
The Guidance on Child Rights for Downstream Supply Chain Actors is developed to support different downstream actors such as traders, consumer goods manufacturers and retailers to strengthen child rights protection within their supply chains.
The intention is to provide tailored support and improve the livelihoods of children and the communities in which they live.
Shared Responsibility for downstream actors translates into a sustainable supply chain aiming at creating a higher demand for certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) products with defined targets for uptake as well as requirements for policies on human rights protection, for example workers and child rights for all RSPO downstream members.