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Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Certification

Sustainable Palm Oil Certification for Growers, Oil Mills, Refiners, and Traders
Matt Rudolf, Director, Fuels and Biomaterialsphone icon919.533.4886 Email

Palm Oil is found in a growing and diverse set of products ranging from food products like margarine and chocolate, to cosmetics and health products, such as lipstick and soaps. As the demand for this versatile oil grows, it is increasingly important to ensure that oil palm plantations are not associated with deforestation and loss of critical habitat, and imperative to the future of these ecosystems that palm oil is produced responsibly. A growing number of brands and consumers are demanding more sustainable sources of palm oil. The best way to demonstrate that your palm oil is responsible is to certify its production to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards.

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Why get Certified with SCS?

SCS is a mid-sized certification firm that will provide your company with superior customer service. Our expert staff efficiently respond to your needs while our network of auditors provide timely and professional services across the globe. In addition, SCS can bundle related certification services for your industry, with programs like the International Sustainably and Carbon Certification (ISCC) and food safety assessments which save your company time and money. With over 30 years of experience in sustainability certifications across an array of related industries, you can be sure that your experience with SCS will be second to none.

With RSPO Certification, you can:

  • Expand your market share with a growing number of brands and customers who require RSPO certified palm oil
  • Use the RSPO trademark to promote your sustainable palm oil commitments to consumers
  • Stay on par with competitors that have RSPO certification
  • Display transparency and credibility with stakeholders
  • Leverage the RSPO trademark to gain traction with the rest of your supply chain to meet RSPO sourcing commitments
  • Be recognized as a contributor to RSPO’s global leadership in sustainable palm oil
Program Details


Anyone that has legal ownership of RSPO oil palm products or physically manipulates and/or stores RSPO palm oil products should get RSPO certified.

  • RSPO Principles & Criteria (P&C) Certification is for oil palm growers and palm oil mills that want to demonstrate their commitment sustainable production.
  • RSPO Supply Chain Certification System (SCCS) is for downstream processors and traders that want to assure consumers and buyers of palm oil products that their palm oil is sustainable and more environmentally friendly.

Program Documents

  1. Become a Member of RSPO
  2. Eligibility to undergo RSPO audits is limited to members of the RSPO. To become a member of RSPO, go to

  3. Apply for Certification
  4. Complete and submit the SCS Application form. SCS will then prepare a proposal for your approval with suggested scope of work, timeline and quote. If the proposal meets your needs you will sign a Work Order and the audit will be scheduled.

  5. Written Procedures
  6. Create company procedures that demonstrate how certified palm oil products will be tracked throughout your operation. SCS provides guidance to help explain the Principles & Criteria (P&C) or Supply Chain Certification System (SCCS) requirements.

  7. Pre-Audit Assessment (Optional)
  8. An SCS auditor will review your procedures for thoroughness and conformance. The auditor identifies areas for improvement in the procedures prior to the audit.

  9. Stakeholder Consultation (Required for P&C certification only)
  10. At least 30 days prior to RSPO evaluations, SCS will send a written notification of the upcoming audit to interested parties, called stakeholders. Additionally, SCS will post a notification of the evaluation on the RSPO Assessment Progress website, in order to acquire outside input regarding the applicant’s management performance in relation to the RSPO standards.

  11. On-site Audit
  12. During a site visit, an SCS auditor will review the P&C or SCCS procedures and documents (from receipt of inputs to the final sale). Additionally, the auditor will tour the operations where certified material is handled and interview key staff. We look for evidence that staff has been duly trained in the P&C or SCCS responsibilities that have been assigned to them and that staff possess an understanding of the workflow for certified products.

  13. Assessment Report
  14. Based on audit findings, SCS produces an audit report. The audit report is submitted to a SCS Technical Associate who validates the appropriateness of the auditor's methodology and conclusions.

  15. Make Certification Decision
  16. The Technical Associate decides whether to grant certification. If granted, you will be issued a certificate valid for a five-year period. Any conditional Major Corrective Action Requests (CARs) identified by SCS must be closed prior to obtaining certification.

  17. Maintain Certification
  18. Annual surveillance audits are required to maintain P&C or SCCS certification. Certified companies and product offerings are listed on the official RSPO certificate holder database. Certified companies are granted permission to use trademarks for on-product and off-product applications in conformance with the appropriate trademark standard.

  1. How long is my RSPO certificate valid?
  2. A RSPO Certificate is valid for five years. Annual surveillance audits are required to maintain your certificate.

  3. What are the costs and fees associated with RSPO certification?
  4. Prices for SCS auditing services varies depending on the location, size and complexity of your operation. Please contact us for a custom quote and to determine if certification is right for you.


“Our RSPO certification allows us to provide hard documentation to our white label clients and our brand’s customers that only certified sustainably harvested palm oil is used in bar soaps manufactured at Vermont Soap. Working with SCS was an excellent experience; they led us through the certification process in a thorough, professional and timely manner.” -Hilde Whalley, Chief of Operations at Vermont Soap USA

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