ASI kicked off the RSPO Integrity Project in January 2016, aiming to create a platform for calibration between RSPO, ASI and the conformity assessment bodies offering RSPO certification. By the end of January 2017, ASI completed 10 compliance assessments (2 in 2015 and 8 in 2016) resulting in a total of 37 findings. Download a full report on the compliance assessments, including key findings and recommendations, here.
The RSPO Integrity Project has four components: compliance assessments, data analysis of all RSPO P&C reports, lead auditor registry, and calibration with RSPO, CABs and ASI. The project was initiated after a number of concerns were raised about the integrity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Principles and Criteria (P&C) certificates in 2015 and 2016. High profile news articles and reports highlighted failures by certificates holders (CH) to comply with standard requirements. ASI was actively involved in investigating these cases, and decided that, rather than addressing various incidents in an isolated manner, a more comprehensive approach was needed. Following discussions with RSPO, the RSPO Integrity Project was created.
Please contact László Máthé, ASI Program Manager for the RSPO Accreditation Program, with any questions about the report.