Palm Oil Certification: Not ‘Out of the Woods’

Milieudefensie worked with a team of researchers to investigate the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) stakeholder consultation processes. We found critical gaps in the RSPO practices and policies of consultation processes, which undermine the credibility of the certificates.

According to RSPOs own rules, a positive certification decision and labelling of the palm oil as ‘sustainable’ should be based on the information provided by relevant stakeholders, such as the communities affected by the plantations. If there is no meaningful consultation, the certificate becomes empty and can greenwash destructive practices that are systemic in the agro-commodities sector.

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