General Assembly 20-2B

Creating a RSPO Membership Category to further the development of RSPO Jurisdictional Approach for Certification

Adopted (On-going)
Total Vote100

Since early 2016, the RSPO has embarked on a journey to upscale its impact and approach onto a Jurisdictional level. This approach, referred to as the Jurisdictional Approach to Certification (JA), will allow the RSPO Standards to be applied at the jurisdictional level facilitated through an established Jurisdictional Entity.

The journey of developing the RSPO Jurisdictional Approach was driven by the RSPO Jurisdictional Working Group (JWG) with three pilots, the State of Sabah, Malaysia; District of Seruyan, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia and Ecuador.

The RSPO Jurisdictional Approach Pilot Framework was launched on 6 September 2021, offering guidance and a framework for developing Jurisdictional Approaches to the certification of sustainable palm oil. This will follow the RSPO Standards (Principles and Criteria 2018, Independent Smallholder Standard, etc.) and sets a stepwise approach that is coherent across all regions.

In the 2022 General Assembly meeting, RSPO members voted to prioritise the jurisdictional approach to accelerate the transformation of sustainable palm oil standards, the inclusion of independent smallholders and engagement with local communities.

One of the requirements to implement the RSPO Jurisdictional Approach to certification is a membership mechanism to admit jurisdictional entities to be RSPO members. After seven years of piloting the jurisdictional approach in three jurisdictions, it is timely for RSPO to proceed with creating the membership mechanism.

It is essential for the RSPO to establish necessary mechanisms for the admission of the Jurisdictional Entity, to bring the RSPO impact to the landscape.
  • Proponent
    The Board of Governors (BoG) of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (Currently represented by: AAK AB, Agroamerica Tropical Oil Holding Corp., Asosiasi Petani Sawit Swadaya Amanah, Both ENDS, Forest Peoples Programme, Golden Agri-Resources Ltd*, Malaysian Palm Oil Association, Retailers' Palm Oil Group**, Standard Chartered Bank, The Procter & Gamble Company, UNILEVER PLC, Wilmar International Limited, World Resources Institute, WWF International) *Represents the Indonesian Growers Caucus **HOFER KG dba ALDI SOUTH Group, ASDA STORES LIMITED, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., Coles Supermarkets Pty Ltd, The Co-operative Group, Coop Switzerland, Federation of Migros Cooperatives, Lidl Stiftung & Co.KG, Marks and Spencer plc, Royal Ahold Delhaize N.V, Sainsbury's Supermarket Ltd., Tesco PLC and John Lewis Plc

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