Palm Oil

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Palm oil is the world's most widely produced vegetable oil. It comes from the fruit of the oil palm and is an important cooking ingredient in the tropical belt of Africa, Southeast Asia and parts of Brazil. In Europe it is an ingredient in approximately half of all packaged goods such as shampoo, margarine, fish fingers, detergent, soap and ice cream.


The production of palm oil has been under scrutiny for some time now. There are social and economic challenges facing the industry, as well as significant environmental issues. Palm oil is associated with human-rights violations, deforestation, habitat loss of endangered species and a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Today's consumers are increasingly aware of this and expect their favorite brands to take responsibility.

In response to the pressing global call for sustainably produced palm oil, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed in 2004. The objective of the RSPO is to promote the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders. Its members accepted the principles and criteria for sustainable production in November 2007, at which time the organization contracted UTZ Certified as its provider for traceability services. Over 400 companies, organizations and NGOs are currently members of RSPO.


RSPO eTrace

In July 2012 RSPO eTrace, the improved traceability system for administrating the physical trade of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), was officially launched.

The purpose of RSPO eTrace is to serve the vision of RSPO in transforming the market to make sustainable palm oil the norm. Transparency, disclosure, clarity and efficiency in the physical trading of CSPO along the supply chain are imperative in fulfilling this vision. Members play a key role in ensuring this is achieved by participating, contributing and administrating the RSPO CSPO transactions to the best of your abilities.

If you would like to go to RSPO eTrace, please type in your browser.

The old system will only be accessible in the ‘read-only’ mode via your member account in RSPO eTrace.

For more information on RSPO eTrace, please visit the RSPO website:


• For any further queries regarding the eTrace system, please direct your question at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
• Certification related questions can be forwarded to RSPO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



The collaboration between RSPO and UTZ Certified has made great steps forward in the past five years with the launch of RSPO eTrace as most recent achievement, and will continue to do so in the future.

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  • Launch of RSPO Etrace

  • Launch of the UTZ Certified traceability system for RSPO.

  • The first batches of RSPO-certified materials are announced by the UTZ traceability system, adding up to a total of 100,000 metric tons.

  • UTZ Certified traces 400,000 metric tons of RSPO-certified Palm Oil products.

  • Launch of the RSPO trademark.


For more information on how you can get started with growing, trading or sourcing RSPO-certified products, click here.

For more information on UTZ Certified’s role contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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System Related Downloads

RSPO Member Company & Subsidiary Registration Forms
eTrace Registration Form for RSPO Members

Quick Start Guide to RSPO eTrace
Download Quick Start Guide

RSPO eTrace User Manual
Download RSPO eTrace User Manual

RSPO Traceability Glossary
Trading process fact sheets on 'Book and Claim', 'Identity Preserved', 'Mass Balance' and 'Segregation'.