RSPO’s fifth annual European Roundtable will take place at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in central London on 13 June. We will open for a series of workshops and training sessions on Monday 12 June. Places in Monday’s sessions are available on a pre-booked and first come, first serve basis. 

Bringing together delegates from around the world, this year’s event calls for partnerships and innovation to help deliver the EU 2020 target for 100% sustainable palm oil and to continue a transformation of the palm oil market; helping to reduce deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions from palm oil production, while supporting livelihoods and economic development.

Find out who this year’s speakers are.

Monday 12 June 2017

Opening on Monday 12 June, RSPO will hold a number of workshops and training sessions throughout the day. This is an opportunity for members to get up to speed with the new PalmTrace system, network with fellow members and contribute to the development of the RSPO Theory of Change. Make sure you’re pre-registered for your sessions. 

The day will close with a drinks reception hosted by Croda in the RIBA’s impressive Florence Hall and adjacent roof terrace.

09.00 Registration Opens

The registration desk will be open throughout the event.

10:00 - 12:00 The Guardian Palm Oil Debate

The Guardian Sustainable Business team will be hosting a side event at the newspaper’s London headquarters in Kings Cross to debate the hot topic of consumers and palm oil. Do consumers understand the key issues around palm oil and sustainability? What are brands doing to inform and engage them on it? And how is this impacting the supply chain? If you’d like to join them, you can apply for a ticket  on the Guardian’s palm oil debate section.

10.30 - 12:00 How does RSPO PalmTrace support the transition to sustainable Palm Oil?
RSPO PalmTrace is the RSPO’s traceability system for certified oil palm products. It is the system where RSPO’s P&C and SCC certifications are managed. This session will look into what we mean by traceability and how it helps transform the markets to making sustainable palm oil the norm. The added value of RSPO PalmTrace to RSPO and its members and stakeholders will be discussed. As well as future developments in the system to support RSPO’s mission.
Facilitator: Paula den Hartog, UTZ
10.00 - 12.00 Theory of Change Workshop

This is an interactive workshop to:

  • Learn about “Theory of Change” and its use by RSPO as tool for planning, monitoring & evaluation.
  • Contribute to development of the RSPO Theory of Change.
  • Hear about what else RSPO is doing to improve its M&E systems.
  • Provide insight and feedback to help refine RSPO’s Theory of Change


  • Caren Holzman, Enabling Outcomes
  • Aimee Russillo, Liseed Consulting
  • Sönke Fischer, ASI
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch

Lunch will be served in the Florence Hall.

13.00 - 14.30 RSPO PalmTrace Training for Buyers of RSPO Credits
Since January 2017, RSPO PalmTrace is the IT platform of the RSPO for all supply chain models, including Book and Claim. Manufacturers and retailers can purchase RSPO Credits in PalmTrace to cover their use of non-certified oil palm products and directly support RSPO certified mills, crushers and independent smallholder groups.
Join this session to learn how your company can start purchasing and claiming RSPO Credits and ask your questions directly to the RSPO PalmTrace team!
Facilitator: Lisa Schaller,  UTZ
13.00 - 16.00 What can Europe do to support the RSPO Smallholder Strategy?
This workshop will present the renewed way forward for smallholders within RSPO, and harness discussion and ideas on how Europe can support the new smallholder strategy.
Topics for discussion:
1)    Background to RSPO Smallholder Strategy
2)    How can buyers support the implementation of the strategy
14.00 - 16.00 Theory of Change Workshop

This is a second chance to participate in the morning session.

This is an interactive workshop to:

  • Learn about “Theory of Change” and its use by RSPO as tool for planning, monitoring & evaluation.
  • Contribute to development of the RSPO Theory of Change.
  • Hear about what else RSPO is doing to improve its M&E systems.
  • Provide insight and feedback to help refine RSPO’s Theory of Change


  • Caren Holzman, Enabling Outcomes
  • Aimee Russillo, Liseed Consulting
  • Sönke Fischer, ASI
16.00 - 16.30 Coffee Break
16.30 - 18.00 Children’s Rights in the Palm Oil Sector

Dialogue on child rights in the palm oil sector with UNICEF.

Facilitators: Subajini Jayasekaran & Christopher Kip, UNICEF

16.15 - 18.00 Coffee with the Complaints Panel - An Interactive Dialogue

Join the first ever interactive dialogue with the members of the Complaints Panel! RSPO will host its first interactive dialogue with members of the Complaints Panel. This session is a opportunity to gain insight and understanding of the RSPO Complaints mechanism and the related procedures. It will also create the space for direct responses from the members of the Complaints Panel on their experiences and commitment to ensure a constructive resolution to disputes. [Please Note: Active cases will not be discussed]

Drinks Reception sponsored by Croda, 18.00 – 20.00 Florence Hall, RIBA

Please join Croda and the  RSPO Secretariat in the Florence Hall and on the adjacent roof terrace for an evening reception of drinks and canapes.


Tuesday 13 June 2017

Moderated by Eliza Anyangwe, day two of the European Roundtable will bring everyone together for a series of lively panel debates including; important updates on the P&C Review 2018, the zero deforestation challenge and human rights on palm oil plantations.

08.30 - 08.35 Opening & Housekeeping
08.35 - 09.00 Keynote Speech

RSPO’s European Roundtable 2017 Keynote Address will be given by Dame Frances Cairncross.

Dame Cairncross is the Chair of Court for Heriot-Watt University, she is a former journalist for The Economist and was also their award winning Environmental editor between 1989 and 1994. She is also the former Rector of Exeter College Oxford.

09.00 - 10.00 The Renewed Way Forward for Smallholders with RSPO

With more than 40% of global palm oil production coming from smallholder farmers, bringing smallholders on board is key. This panel debate will explore how the RSPO can help facilitate partnerships between smallholders and supply chain members downstream as part of the new RSPO Smallholder Strategy. On the 12th General Assembly in 2015, RSPO adopted resolution 6F to develop a comprehensive Smallholder Strategy. The adoption by the membership means that RSPO should determine the role of all its stakeholders to support the development needs of smallholders and incentivise them in an inclusive manner to contribute to environmental, and social solutions and transformation within the palm oil sector.

Moderator: Perpetua George, Wilmar


  • Simon Bailey – Director of Partnerships and Innovation, Aflatoun International
  • Cynthia Ong – Executive Director,LEAP – Land Empowerment Animals People
  • Johan Verburg – Pro-Poor Value Chains Advisor, Oxfam Novib
  • Julia Majail –  Smallholders Programme Manager, RSPO Secretariat
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break

Join the RSPO and exhibitors in the Florence Hall for refreshments.

10.45 - 12.00 Partnerships for Zero Deforestation

Demand for palm oil is causing large-scale deforestation, despite government pledges to tackle the challenge and many corporate pledges to achieve ‘zero deforestation’. As the world’s third-largest importer of palm oil, Europe has a significant role to play in reducing deforestation.

  • How do we reach ‘zero deforestation’?
  • What are the responsible trade-offs?
  • What are the innovations downstream?


  • Grant Rosoman – Co-chair High Carbon Stock Approach,  Greenpeace
  • Sarah Lake – Head of Supply Chains Programme, Global Canopy Programme 
  • Christopher Stewart – Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Olam
  • Nienke Stam – Senior Program Manager, IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative
  • Dr. Simon Lord – Group Chief Sustainability Officer, Sime Darby
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00 - 14.15 Respecting Human Rights on Palm Oil Plantations

Businesses everywhere have a responsibility to respect human rights throughout its own operations and all of its business relationships throughout its value chain. The blueprint is to take a risk management approach which puts people as the focus. RSPO certification offers a level of assurance, but much needs to be done to manage the risks and respect the human rights of palm oil workers, their families and local communities. Speakers will discuss how we can work together to find and deliver effective solutions.


  • Daryll Delgado –  Research & Stakeholder Engagement Program Manager, Verité
  • David Pendlington – Senior Chocolate Sustainable Sourcing Manager, MARS
  • Alexandra Experton – Supply Chain Sustainability Manager, Cargill
  • Subajini Jayasekaran – Child Rights and Business Manager, UNICEF
  • Seema Joshi – Head of Business & Human Rights, Amnesty International
14.15 - 15.00 RSPO Principles & Criteria 2018 Review

Presentation of the Principles & Criteria 2018 Review process with opportunity for Q&A and dialogue with the Task Force members.

Presentation from Bilge Daldeniz – Programme Director, Proforest

15.00 - 15.30 Coffee Break

Refreshments will be served in the Florence Hall.

15.30 - 15.45 RSPO Updates
15.45 - 17.00 Driving Impacts Through Innovation & Partnership

This session will discuss how innovation and collective action is used to deliver value and scale positive impacts in sustainability.


  • Dr. Izabela Delabre – SPOTT Palm Oil Manager, Zoological Society of London
  • Ms. Kristin Komives – Director of Impacts, ISEAL Alliance
  • Ms. Kendra Pasztor – Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, Better Cotton Initiative
  • Dr. Jamartin Sihite – CEO, BOS Foundation
  • Dr. Anne Rosenbarger – Southeast Asia Commodities Manager on Global Forest Watch, World Resources Institute
17.00 - 17.10 Closing Remarks

RSPO CEO Datuk Darrel Webber will officially close the fifth annual European Roundtable.

Tiger Territory Drinks Reception at London Zoo, 18:00 – 20:00

ZSL  invites you to an evening drinks reception on palm oil in ZSL London Zoo’s Tiger Territory  – a short distance from the conference venue.

Register for a free place here.


Wednesday 14 June 2017 – Closed Meetings

A number of meetings are due to take place at the RIBA and Melia White House Hotel. These are invitation only.  For further information please contact your RSPO Secretariat representative.

  • Board of Governors Meeting – Council Chambers, RIBA
  • Trade & Traceability Standing Committee –  Stirling Room, RIBA
  • Human Rights Working Group – Lasdun Room, RIBA
  • Complaints Panel – Melia White House Hotel
  • North American Members Meeting – Lutyens Room, RIBA