Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
No certification mechanism yet exists to identify sustainably-produced palm oil. However, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil has been set up to bring the commercial sector together with conservation organisations, civil society groups, governments and other stakeholders.
So far it has devised Principles and Criteria for sustainable palm oil production, and a broad code of conduct for members. Members to adhere to the principles, but they are expected to abide by the code of conduct, which says "It is fundamental that... every member supports, promotes and works towards the production, procurement and use of Sustainable Palm Oil." (See http://www.rspo.org/Expected_Contribution_from_Members.aspx
). The code of conduct includes working towards and reporting on implementation of the Principles and Criteria.
More information may be obtained on http://www.rspo.org/
Guidance on principles and criteria: http://www.rspo.org/PDF/CWG/RSPO%20Criteria%20Final%20Guidance%20with%20NI%20Document.pdf
Biodiversity is mainly covered in criterion 5.2.
posted on 2007-02-15 07:29 UTC by Dr Lera Miles, UNEP-WCMC