Resolution on guiding principles for RSPO evaluation of proposed supply chain models (i.e. traceability) of sustainable palm oil
The RSPO shall incorporate the following as ‘guiding principles” in any future review, comparison or endorsement of existing or proposed supply chain mechanisms for sustainable palm oil as defined by RSPO: •
RSPO endorsement of a given mechanism shall be contingent upon the development of a rigorous independent supply chain verification system, which shall be specific to the mechanism and include a verification standard, accreditation requirements and verification process requirements.
The RSPO shall control the use of claims and labels to ensure they are not misleading and only state that which can be truly verified through a particular mechanism and its accompanying verification system.
The mechanism should be functionally practical The mechanism and accompanying verification system must have credibility with producers and users of palm oil as well as stakeholders (including NGOs, consumers and other interested parties).
The mechanism should demonstrably achieve real impacts on the ground by encouraging producers to supply RSPO oil, to expand supply and to continuously improve performance against RSPO Principles and Criteria.
Costs and other burdens associated with supplying RSPO oil through the mechanism should be fairly shared amongst users along the supply chain and contained and/or compensated by market incentives. Likewise, benefits should be fairly shared along the supply chain.
The mechanism should accommodate and support a future scenario in which the palm oil trade is dominated by material from RSPO-compliant producers The mechanism should not discriminate against small-holders, independent millers or any other stakeholder in the supply chain willing to produce, use or supply sustainable palm oil
RSPO endorsement of more than one mechanism shall be contingent upon the creation of a robust accounting system to avoid double counting of any particular consignment of oil.