INFORMATION: The RSPO New Planting Procedure: Ensuring Responsible Expansion by Palm Oil Producers



Posted on 10 January 2012  | 
In January 2010, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil introduced a new procedure to make sure that members which expand their plantations do so responsibly.

Introduced to help show that the RSPO is effective in controlling damaging deforestation, the so-called New Planting Procedure (NPP) is not an addition to the RSPO guidelines for sustainable palm oil production, but rather helps reinforce the RSPO’s already existing criteria governing responsible expansion.

In its first year, growers and companies were slow to adopt the NPP, claiming it is time-consuming, poorly understood and unnecessary.

The NPP was proposed to the RSPO General Assembly in November 2008 by WWF and New Britain Palm Oil (an RSPO member and palm oil producer). Formalized in May 2009, it was approved by the RSPO Executive Board four months later and was implemented from January 2010. The aim is to ensure that the social and environmental requirements of the RSPO are taken into account before new plantations are developed.
Aerial view of palm oil plantation on deforested land, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.
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