RSPO Supply Chain Certification

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Certification for Supply Chains

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Palm oil is the world’s #1 most traded vegetable oil.  In response to growing concerns about palm oil’s effect on the environment and society, the Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed in 2004. 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. Certified products offer consumers a sustainable alternative to conventional palm oil. To maintain the highest level of integrity, on-site audits and stakeholder consultation are performed.


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Why Choose SCS?

With 40 years of experience in sustainability certifications, SCS Global Services is dedicated to providing quality service with its team of expert palm oil auditors worldwide. Accredited to P&C and Supply Chain (SCCS), our knowledgeable staff prioritize responsive, helpful customer service and make sure that audits are thorough in order to reduce risk for organizations seeking certification. Additionally, we employ our team of auditors in your region to ensure they understand local context. Successfully achieving RSPO certification helps your organization to showcase its transparency and credibility to your stakeholders and customers. Become recognized as a contributor to RSPO’s global leadership in sustainable palm oil and apply today.

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
  • Program Documents

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

Apply for Certification
Complete and submit the SCS Application form in English or Spanish. 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.

Written Procedures
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.

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.

On-site Audit
During a site visit, an SCS auditor will review SCCS procedures and records to determine compliance to the RSPO Supply Chain Standard. 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 SCCS responsibilities and that staff possess an understanding of the workflow for certified products.

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

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

Maintain Certification
Annual surveillance audits are required to maintain SCCS certification. Certified companies are listed on the official RSPO Supply Chain certificate holder database. Certified companies are granted permission to use trademarks for on-product and off-product applications in conformance with the appropriate trademark rules.

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