Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

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The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was created in 2004[103] following concerns raised by non-governmental organizations about environmental impacts related to palm oil production. The organization has established international standards for sustainable palm oil production.[104] Products containing Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) can carry the RSPO trademark.[105] Members of the RSPO include palm oil producers, environmental groups and manufacturers who use palm oil in their products.[103][104]

Palm oil growers who produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil have been critical of the organization because, though they have met RSPO standards and assumed the costs associated with certification, the market demand for sustainable palm oil remains low.[104][105] Low market demand has been attributed to the higher cost of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil, leading palm oil buyers to purchase cheaper non-certified palm oil. In 2011, 12% of palm oil produced was certified sustainable, though only half of that was purchased.[106]

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