RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C) Certification

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Certification for Growers, Mills, and Independent Smallholders

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RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C) Certification is the best way to demonstrate globally that palm oil production is sustainable, legal, economically viable, and does not negatively impact the environment, wildlife, workers, or communities. The updated RSPO P&C Standard 2018 promotes zero deforestation, shared responsibility, zero burn, and social compliance. A growing number of brands and consumers worldwide are demanding Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) to be sourced for supply chains.

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Why Choose SCS?

With over 30 years of experience in sustainability certifications, SCS Global Services is dedicated to quality and service, with expert palm oil auditors worldwide. Accredited to P&C and Supply Chain (SCCS), our knowledgeable staff prioritizes responsive, helpful customer service and ensures audits are thorough to reduce risk for organizations seeking certification.

Ready to apply? Fill out an application for P&C in EnglishSpanish, or French, or for the P&C Independent Smallholder Standard here.

Learn more about RSPO Supply Chain services here.

  • Process
  • Benefits
  • FAQs
  • Certified Clients
  • Stakeholders
  • Program Documents

Become a Member of RSPO
Ensure that you have RSPO membership. To apply, visit

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

Written Procedures
Create company procedures that demonstrate how sustainable palm oil will be produced and tracked throughout your operation. SCS provides guidance to help explain the Principles & Criteria (P&C) requirements.

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

Public Announcement
Stakeholders can learn about upcoming audits on RSPO’s Principles and Criteria Assessment Public Announcement webpage. Per RSPO requirements, SCS sends the RSPO Secretariat a copy of the announcement at least five days before the scheduled public announcement (i.e., one month and five days) for posting. The announcement, available in official national languages, includes details on the entity(ies) to be audited, their location(s), the dates of audit, contact details for both the company and SCS and instructions for providing comments to SCS.

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

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

Certification Decision
SCS head office makes a certification decision. If granted, you will be issued a certificate valid for a five-year period. Any conditional Major Corrective Action Requests (CARs) identified in the audit must be closed prior to obtaining certification.

Maintain Certification
Annual surveillance audits are required to maintain P&C certification. Certified companies are listed on the official RSPO Certified Growers database and are given an RSPO trademark for usage in conformance with the trademark requirements.

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