National Palm Oil Certification Standards

RSPO’s 17th Annual Roundtable Meeting on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT17) gets underway today in Bangkok. The issue of palm oil certification will be a key topic of discussion and is often a target of criticism: from NGOs that dismiss certification as greenwashing, through to those that consider it an unnecessary cost imposition on the palm oil industry. Certification for sustainable products first emerged from the timber industry with the establishment of guidelines for sustainable forest management. This gave rise to the world’s two major timber product certification systems. The difference between the two systems is clear. One – Forest Stewardship… Read More