Sustainable palm oil is the subject of a mainstream debate. Public opinion demands greater levels of transparency. The pressure is on.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil has progressed significantly in defining and agreeing criteria to ensure the sustainable production of palm oil. RSPO certification is a means of implementation for companies committed to acting on climate change. Yet, to drive real change we need to ensure that sustainable practices and certification are workable and profitable for players at every level of the supply chain.

To meet public pressure and the EU target of 100% CSPO uptake by 2020, RSPO’s 5th European Roundtable focused on how we can make change possible and deliver on our commitments in three different but connected areas:

  1.    Addressing the issue of deforestation
  2.    Smallholders
  3.    Labour and human rights

As the conference takes place in Europe, the third-largest importer of palm oil globally and home to some of the world’s biggest brands and companies, the question is what can Europeans – industries, governments, NGOs and consumers – do in partnership to make sure that change happens in these three areas and beyond.

By addressing the problems which still exist where palm oil is grown, we strive to improve the credibility and trust in our commitments, criteria and certification. It is the role of RSPO to gather stakeholders and facilitate a dialogue to generate this positive dynamic between impact and credibility that makes change possible.

Download the full 2017 conference report here.


Palm oil is a hot topic for consumers, media and increasingly for governments. More and more people are demanding that the palm oil in their products be produced sustainably and scrutinise companies involved in the use of palm oil. This presents a challenge for supply chain managers, CSR managers, marketers and business strategists. In this environment, you want to assure consumers that your brand or product is doing the right thing and keeping pace with their demands, but you also need to be sure that the sustainability standards you are buying in to really work.


Hear the most up to date information on the state of the European market for sustainable palm oil and how the RSPO standard supports implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Change Agreement.


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Discuss the latest developments in RSPO’s standards and the supply chain: RSPO NEXT, traceability, accountability, human and labour rights in palm oil production and supporting smallholders.


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