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.
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 etrace.rspo.org 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: http://www.rspo.org/en/rspo_etrace
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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.