BASP | Sustainable Palm Oil in Belgium: Are we there yet? Road Map 2020 & beyond

BASP | Sustainable Palm Oil in Belgium: Are we there yet? Road Map 2020 & beyond

Active for six years and representing stakeholders within the supply chain, the Belgian Alliance for Sustainable Palm oil (BASP) is taking the lead in gathering data on the progressive use of sustainable palm oil and guiding the transformation towards sustainability on the Belgian market.

JAN will join the debate, read more here.

RSPO Updates on Human Rights & Social Standards

Findings from auditing the labour-related criteria and indicators, indicated patterns of “checklist mentality”, where auditors appear to have focused more on checking off the availability of documentary evidence of labour aspects, and less on obtaining relevant information regarding the CH’s implementation of labour practices

RSPO Updates on Human Rights & Social Standards, CB Workshop, 15.10.2018

STAR |  Does the RSPO have a future?

STAR | Does the RSPO have a future?

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established in 2004, in response to the attacks on the industry on environmental and social grounds. Members include palm oil growers, traders, financiers and end-users, as well as concerned non-government organisations (NGOs). Its aim is to “transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm”, and to “advance the production, procurement, finance and use of sustainable palm oil products.”

These objectives are admirable, and essential to the improvement of palm oil’s reputation in some markets.

Here, I wish to give an outsider’s view on the extent to which these objectives are being achieved, and discuss what the future may hold for RSPO.

Read more here.

RSPO Updates on Human Rights & Social Standards

Findings from auditing the labour-related criteria and indicators, indicated patterns of “checklist mentality”, where auditors appear to have focused more on checking off the availability of documentary evidence of labour aspects, and less on obtaining relevant information regarding the CH’s implementation of labour practices

RSPO Updates on Human Rights & Social Standards, CB Workshop, 15.10.2018

RSPO Seminar: Children Rights in Oil Palm Plantation

RSPO is organizing a seminar in Indonesia on the topic of Children Rights in Oil Palm Plantations to share information about the Children Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) as well as case study on the implementation of protection and respect for children’s rights in RSPO members’ oil palm plantations.

Read more here.

RSPO (endorsed) P&C Lead Auditor Course

JAN has teamed up with CheckMark Training, an RSPO endorsed P&C Lead Auditor Trainer. We jointly organise an RSPO P&C Lead Auditor Course at Santika Premiere Dyandra Hotel & Convention Centre, Medan (Indonesia), on October 1-5, 2018. This course includes a site visit to Begerpang POM & Estate, Desa Batu Lokong (Lonsum).

The course duration is 40 contact hours comprising the following:

  • Day 1-2: lecture based training and workshops (16 hours)
  • Day 3: mock audit at oil palm plantation and palm oil mill (10 hours)
  • Day 4: Interactive sessions on auditing the RSPO Criteria and leading an audit (8 hours)
  • Day 5: Course summary and written exam (6 hours)

We consider Checkmark Training to be the most practical trainer for (lead) auditors. The course is hands-on and provides a wealth of guidance based on years of experience in auditing. For more information on this course, visit CheckMark Training.

Download the RSPO P&C Registration form (Word Document).

Mongabay – RSPO fails to deliver on environmental and social sustainability, study finds

Oil palm plantations that adhere to the world’s leading certification scheme for the crop show no difference in environmental, social and economic sustainability than non-certified estates, a new study has found.

The study — carried out by researchers from the University of Queensland and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), both in Australia, and Borneo Futures — is the first of its kind to assess how effective the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is in achieving its sustainability goals by comparing certified and non-certified concessions.

Read more here.