On 15th of November 2018 RSPO concluded the 16th Annual Roundtable Conference on Sustainable Palm Oil as well as the 15th Annual General Assembly.
As the main outcome a majority of members voted for the newly adopted RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C), which include a lot of new aspects such as a the key elements halting deforestation, protecting peatlands and strengthening human and labour rights. While the new P&C came into effect immediately the existing RSPO grower members are given a one year period to change their processes according to the new standards.
The German association FONAP (Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil) actively supported the supervision of the existing P&C and took part in the negotiations to have their requirements incorporated into the new P&C.
As a dedicated member of RSPO and FONAP we welcome the new P&C.