Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
The RSPO Supply Chain Certification Standard was developed to ensure that supply chains are secure and traceable in order to provide credible evidence of sustainable sources.
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Palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil and a common ingredient found globally in many food and personal care products. Due to the growing populations and demand for products, the need for palm oil has never been higher and is forecasted to increase.
The increased demand for palm oil has created a catalyst effect on the tropical conservation forests, compromising the biodiversity of some ecosystems and contributing to the destruction of species habitats, causing social conflicts between indigenous communities and growers.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed with the objective to promote the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. The RSPO Supply Chain Certification Standard was developed to ensure that supply chains are secure and traceable in order to provide credible evidence of sustainable source.
Intertek offers Supply Chain Certification along the agri-food value chain at all stages including refining, trading, manufacturing and distribution of palm products. We facilitate you to improve your product reliability and to minimize your business risk. Palm oil products may go through many production and logistical stages between the grower and the end-product and can be traded through different supply chain mechanisms that are approved by RSPO.
The RSPO Supply Chain options:
Identity Preserved (IP)
This model assures that the RSPO certified oil palm products delivered to the end user is uniquely identifiable to a single mill and its supply base and is kept physically isolated from all other oil palm sources throughout the supply chain.
The supply chain model assures that RSPO certified oil palm products delivered to the end user comes only from RSPO certified sources. It permits the mixing of RSPO certified palm oil from a variety of sources.
Mass Balance (MB)
The model administratively monitors the trade of RSPO certified oil palm products throughout the entire supply chain, as a driver for mainstream trade in sustainable palm oil. The mass balance system allows for mixing of RSPO and non-RSPO certified palm oil at any stage in the supply chain provided that overall facility quantities are controlled so that the volume of certified palm oil outputs never exceed the certified inputs.
Links and Technical References:
- RSPO Supply Chain Certification Standard
- RSPO Supply Chain Certification Systems
- RSPO Rules on Market Communications & Claims
- Intertek Certification Information Sheet
- Intertek RSPO Complaints and Grievances Procedure
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