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RSPO - Rountable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm oil is among the world’s most consumed food ingredients, and is currently being utilised in about half of all packaged food products. Growing sales of palm oil in recent years has contributed significantly to economic growth, thereby alleviating poverty in a number of developing countries. Through their fruits, oil palms are highly efficient and produce oil year-round. Their cultivation requires far less land than that of any other oil-producing crop, and one hectare planted with oil palms can yield an average of up to six tons of oil per year. Oil palms are cultivated on large-scale plantations and on millions of hectares that are managed by smallholders.

How you benefit

Oil palms are confined to the tropics, where their cultivation can also face negative impacts. Among these are displacement of traditional land users, deforestation and loss of biodiversity. In order to discuss these issues a specialised group has been coming together since 2003, and now form the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). This group includes: banks; investors; manufacturers; retailers of palm oil products; and leading environmental and social NGOs. The principal objective of the RSPO is ‘to promote the growth and use of Sustainable palm oil through co-operation within the supply chain and open a dialogue among its stakeholders.’
Growers will be evaluated for a 5-year certification, and, if certified, they will be annually assessed for constant compliance.

Our headoffice Control Union Certifications is an RSPO approved certification body, accredited by ASI, and will execute the RSPO certification of sustainable palm oil against procedures that are specified in the RSPO Certification Scheme.

What the standard looks like

The 8 RSPO Principles and Criteria:
Principle 1 – Commitment to transparency.
Principle 2 – Compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Principle 3 – Commitment to long term economic and financial viability.
Principle 4 – Use of appropriate best practices by growers and millers.
Principle 5 – Environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resources and
Principle 6 – Responsible consideration of employees and individuals, and communities affected
                    by growers and mills.
Principle 7 – Responsible development of new plantings.
Principle 8 – Commitment to continuous improvement in key areas of activity.

RSPO certification for growers and mills:
The RSPO are the global guidelines for producing palm oil sustainably. Our programme for RSPO certification offers plantation and mill certification to palm oil growers and mills throughout the world. Control Union Certifications and Control Union Certifications Germany GmbH  includes the national interpretations in our generic checklist and ensures that the checklist complies with RSPO requirements. We will do a pre-assessment if required and we take care of the stakeholder consultation, which is required for this RSPO certificate.

RSPO certification for Supply Chain Certification (SCC):
RSPO SCC is a seal of approval that the palm oil used in the product is indeed so produced and volumes are traceable. There is an ever-urgent need and growing global concern that products are produced without undue harm to the environment or society. The certified sustainable palm oil (RSPO Oil) is traceable through the supply chain by the certification of each facility along the supply chain that processes or uses the certified oil. Downstream processors or users of RSPO certified palm oil can claim the use of (or Support of) RSPO certified palm oil when they adhere to the intent and requirements of the RSPO Supply Chain Certification Standard. This must be independently verified by an RSPO approved and accredited certification body, such as Control Union Certifications. The palm oil supply chain, from tree growth in the tropics to its use as an ingredient in retail products all over the world, is very complex. Transparency and traceability is assured through the RSPO Supply Chain Certification. Any individual batch of palm oil can be traded through one supply chain of custody models that are approved by RSPO to be able to preserve the claim to sustainable production.

1. Identity Preserved. (IP). At the highest level of traceability. This model assures that the RSPO certified Palm Oil and its products, delivered to the end user, are fully traceable back to a uniquely identifiable RSPO certified POM and its supply base. 100% physical separation is required of the certified palm oil products from the individual POM through the entire chain.
2. Segregation. (SG). This model ensures that the final product contains 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil and its fractions. The individual producer cannot be traced but ALL oil originated from RSPO certified sources.
3. Mass Balance. (MB). At any stage in the oil palm supply chain including the POM, and through to the manufacture of the end product, non-certified palm oil products may be combined with palm oil products that are certified as RSPO Identity Preserved, Segregated or as Mass Balance.

How to get certified

Get in touch with us by clicking the contact button on this page. Based on the information you provide, Control Union Certifications Germany GmbH will send you an offer. The certification process can start as soon as you accept our offer. When the Certificate of compliance has been issued, the certifier will add a copy of the certificate, the RSPO website and eTrace. From that moment you also may apply for the use of the Trade Mark, conform the Rules on Communications & Claims.

For any further assistant or information please do not hesitate to contact us: berlin@controlunion.com