The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is the world’s largest certification system for “sustainable” palm oil, but unfortunately, the RSPO’s certification is no guarantee of palm oil produced without deforestation or exploitation.
Recently, the UK-based grocery chain Iceland went so far as to institute a complete and total ban on palm oil in all of its products. The reason? The company’s leaders “don’t believe there is such a thing as guaranteed ‘sustainable’ palm oil available in the mass market.” That should stand as a wake up call to the RSPO.
If the RSPO wants to rebuild its credibility, it must strengthen its standards, reform its enforcement mechanisms, and expel bad actors. One such bad actor is Indofood, Indonesian business partner to PepsiCo, that has been exposed four times in the past two years for exploiting palm oil workers — yet the RSPO continues to delay in imposing consequences for this blatant violation of its own standards.
Send your message now: tell the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil to drop Indofood’s certification!
To the RSPO Secretariat and the RSPO Complaints Panel members:
The UK-based grocery chain Iceland recently instituted a complete and total ban on palm oil in all of its products because the company’s leaders “don’t believe there is such a thing as guaranteed ‘sustainable’ palm oil available in the mass market.” This should be a wake up call to you at the RSPO.
For years, the RSPO has refused to expel bad actors or decertify companies proven to be violating your own standards. One such bad actor is Indofood, which has been exposed for exploiting palm oil workers and violating RSPO standards four times over the past two years, including most recently this month by the RSPO's own accreditation body.
I call on the RSPO to take action now and immediately suspend the membership status of Indofood’s subsidiaries London Sumatra and Salim Ivomas.
The RSPO has a lot of work to do to rebuild its credibility, including strengthening its standards and reforming its enforcement mechanisms. But the first test to prove that the RSPO can be a credible certification system is by suspending the RSPO certification of Indofood for proven and repeated accounts of labor abuses.
There is no time for more delays — suspend Indofood's "sustainability" certification until it stops abuses of workers' rights.