What are the sustainable palm oil supply chains?
All 3 supply chains have the same starting point—a plantation is successfully audited against the RSPO principles and criteria and the total volume of CSPO that it can produce a year is established.
Each company handling Mass Balance CSPO is only allowed to sell the same amount of certified palm oil drawn from the “mixed” oils that they originally bought as certified.
The drawback is that a company using Book and Claim may still be using oil that comes from unacceptable sources, and may therefore still be supporting producers that are not acting responsibly.
Until global volumes of CSPO grow to a much higher level, and until entire supply chains from refiners through to end users can switch to only using CSPO, there will remain a need to offer Book and Claim CSPO, especially for products that use complex derivatives of palm oil.
But this should not stop buyers from pushing their suppliers to begin sourcing traceable palm oil.