RSPO certification Socfindo.
Two Socfindo mills, Tanah Gambus and Bangun Bandar, have obtained RSPO certification.
In response to the global call for sustainably produced palm oil, the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products. In order to define the practices for sustainable palm oil production, RSPO has developed a set of standards called the Principles & Criteria (P&C). These standards address the legal, economic, environmental and social requirements for producing sustainable palm oil.
In order for palm oil producers to become RSPO certified, RSPO has put in place a Certification System, which is a framework in order to formally recognize producers who are producing palm oil according to RSPO P&C. The unit of certification is the unit of palm oil production: the palm oil mill and its supply base. Certification is performed by an RSPO certification body that will assess the compliance of the producer against the P&C, with allowance for different national interpretations.
SOCFIN has been an active member of RSPO since the very beginning and is committed towards achieving RSPO certification for all the group’s palm oil mills, starting with SOCFINDO in Indonesia.
At the end of March 2011, two Socfindo mills, Tanah Gambus and Bangun Bandar, applied to SAI Global Indonesia to perform the certification assessment of RSPO sustainable palm oil production. The certification assessments were carried out between 10 and 14 May 2011. And we are very proud to announce that for both mills and their estates the audit results were positive! Tanah Gambus and Bangun Bandar are the first within our group to have obtained RSPO certification!
And other will follow shortly…our goal is to have all SOCFINDO estates certified by the end of 2013. In Africa, on the other hand, we are actively involved in the National Interpretation Process in Nigeria and soon Sierra Leone.