RSPO palm oil supply chain models

Under the broken RSPO system, companies can place a "CSPO" logo on their products if the palm oil has conformed with any one of these RSPO traceability models!  We fail to see how these models help reduce demand for palm oil - rather, they perpetuate reliance on palm oil as a cheap industrial ingredient by giving the illusion of it being 'sustainable'.

Book and Claim (BC) & Green Palm: Allows trading of certificates to offset the conventional palm oil that ends up in a product claiming to be "sustainable palm oil".  Buyer pays a premium to the producer but continues to buy non-certified palm oil!  According to POI, "GreenPalm is a very cheap option for brands to purchase RSPO endorsed palm oil with a claim stating it supports the production of sustainable palm oil. It is important to note that the physical oil itself is not certified nor sustainable."

Mass Balanced (MP): Alarmingly, "Mass Balance" allows non certified palm oil to be mixed in with CSPO and sold as "sustainable".

Segregated (SG): CSPO is from diverse certified sources but remains physically separated from non-certified palm oil throughout the supply chain.

Identity Preserved (IP): The palm product delivered to the end user is uniquely identifiable to a single mill and source, and that it is kept isolated from all other palm sources throughout the supply chain (meaning you could visit the plantation, or at least look at it on Google Earth!).

This diagram explains the Mass Balance supply chain for palm oil that ends up in a product labelled as Certified Sustainable Palm Oil.


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