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ASI conducted a comparative analysis of the nonconformities raised by ASI accredited RSPO P&C Conformity Assessment Bodies from 2015 to 2016, and we are pleased to share the report here.

ASI found that nonconformities raised by CABs were unevenly distributed against the eight RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C), with over 90% of the NCs raised under only half of the Principles (2, 4, 5 and 6) and that there was an increase in major nonconformities raised from 2015 to 2016. Further, individual CABs and individual auditors showed variations in the number and rigour of NCs raised.

Understanding these trends over time, geographical differences and distribution of the NCs against specific indicators seems paramount in order to understand the effectiveness of RSPO in driving change – “standard effectiveness”. Further, understanding if all accredited CABs raise a similar number and type of NCs is an important factor that informs ASI’s oversight of the accredited CABs – “assurance effectiveness”. This study presents data compiled for RSPO for the first time to inform both, reviews of standard and assurance effectiveness.

Members of the ASI team will be at the RSPO RT15 from 27 to 30 November in Bali, Indonesia. Managing Director Guntars Lagūns, RSPO Program Manager László Máthé, Social Competence Manager Sanjiv Singh, RSPO Coordinator Navin Baskram and Program Officer Uriel Barrantes will be representing the ASI team and look forward to meeting you there. To get in touch before the event, send us an email at