RSPO Supply Chain Certification

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

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Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is an internationally recognized standard for assuring sustainable production of palm oil and palm kernel oil across the supply chain. Many of the world’s major brand owners and retailers now require their suppliers to become RSPO certified. SCS provides certification for RSPO Supply Chain Certification System (SCCS) for crushers, refineries, ingredient manufacturers, oleochemical processors, and end-product manufacturers to demonstrate deforestation-free, traceable certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO). Traders and distributors can acquire a distributors license from RSPO.


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SCS is a well-established sustainability company that has dedicated itself for over 30 years to helping companies demonstrate the validity of their sustainability claims. As a US-based certification body with worldwide operations and auditors, we can ensure timely, responsive, helpful customer service with our sustainable palm oil experts. We also have a network of expert auditors worldwide to meet your supply chain needs.

Ready to apply? Fill out an application for RSPO Supply Chain Certification in English or Spanish.

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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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