Report: Joint Study on the Similarities and the Differences of the ISPO and the RSPO Certification Systems

17 Feb 2016

The study on “Similarities and Differences of the ISPO and the RSPO Certification Systems” is a joint initiative, which is endorsed by the Ministry of Agriculture. Facilitated by The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the study is a formal collaboration between the two sustainability standards and has been touted as an important move toward streamlining the certification process within the Indonesian palm oil sector. Its official release marked a milestone for closer and effective cooperation between Indonesian and global palm oil sustainability standards.







  • Both ISPO and RSPO aim to contribute to the reduction in loss of forest coverage, reduction of Green House Gas from land use change and adherence to legal requirements
  • Key differences include the protected area and High Conservation Value concepts, oil palm plantation land ownership procedures based on Indonesian law and the concept of Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process present in RSPO, as well as procedures for new development of plantation
  • A key recommendation is to use the many common elements required by both certification systems as a basis to conduct a joint, more efficient ISPO audit and RSPO certification on plantation companies with an auditor who understands both systems.