RSPO, founded in 2004, is an organisation made to promote the sustainable agriculture of the palm oil crop.
It is a good start for companies to become a member of RSPO and commit to sourcing 'Sustainable Palm Oil".
There has been large debate and controversy over whether RSPO is a well run, effective organisation or as some describe; 'a green wash'. Many consumers are not happy with RSPO's low standards and lack of regulations. Consumers state that the RSPO is simply a name that companies can hide behind and that the palm oil cannot be proven to be sustainable.
How well does the RSPO monitor these plans and reports for sustainable palm oil, and how do they determine if they are significant enough? All grower members MUST adhere to the New Planting Procedure Regardless of where they are for certification. And this New Planting Procedure forbids the clearing of any HCV areas, such as those containing Orangutans.
Further information on the requirements of NPP can be found on the RSPO's website... http://www.rspo.org/
For now, it's up to you as a consumer to choose whether you trust the RSPO and their standards on sustainable palm oil.