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The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative on sustainable palm oil. Members of RSPO, and participants in its activities come from many different backgrounds, including plantation companies, processors and traders, consumer goods manufacturers and retailers of palm oil products, financial institutions, environmental NGOs and social NGOs, from many countries that produce or use palm oil. The RSPO vision is to “transform the markets by making sustainable palm oil the norm".
The RSPO is managed by a Board of Governors comprised of 16 members, designated by the General Assembly for 2 years. To ensure an efficient and progressive management, the Board of Governors is supported by 4 Standing Committees. Each Standing Committee is comprised of members from the Board of Governors (including Alternate Board of Governors) as well as RSPO members. The Board of Governors is also supported by advisors.
The first Board of Governors was elected at the inaugural General Assembly held on 6 October 2004. Through staggered voting, within each sector, half the Board of Governors is re-elected every year, at the Annual General Assembly of members of the members of the assembly. When a seat is due for election any member in good standing from the particular sector may offer themselves to be elected. Incumbents may offer themselves for re-election or may continue if there are no nominations within their respective categories for the Board of Governor seats.
The RSPO General Assembly (GA) is a mandatory requirement under the RSPO Statutes and convenes annually. It involves all RSPO members, however only Ordinary Members have voting rights. An Ordinary Member may cast a GA vote either in person, by proxy, or by other electronic means.
In accordance with the RSPO Statutes, resolutions may be submitted for consideration by the GA. In order for the GA to meaningfully deliberate and decide on resolutions, the submissions must meet the stipulated requirements to facilitate proper consideration of resolutions within a fixed time frame.
Guidance: The contents of proposed resolutions should not conflict with the RSPO Statutes 2018, Antitrust Principles, or require changes to the Principles and Criteria (P&C). Resolutions should be worded in a manner that allows for a clear 'For' or 'Against' vote, and should not contain multiple options.
Chief Executive Director, United Plantations Bhd
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Golden Agri Resources
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Retailers’ Palm Oil Group
Deputy Director, Both ENDS
Managing Director, Asset Based Finance, South East Asia at Rabobank
Wilmar International Limited
Procter & Gamble
Global Head of Sustainable Sourcing, Unilever
Executive Officer, CSR & Communication, AEON Co., Ltd.
Deputy Director General, FELDA
Advisor inclusive Value Chains
Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation
Vice President Product Integrity, Royal Ahold, The Netherlands
Managing Director, Univanich Palm Oil PCL,Thailand
Director of Sustainable Supply Chain, Musim Mas
Director Of Plantation Department FELDA
HUTAN – Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme (KOCP)
Corporate Affairs Director, PT Inti Indosawit Subur (Asian Agri Group)
Sustainable Palm Oil Manager, AAK Netherlands B.V.
Palm Oil Technical Advisor, Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
Senior Sustainability Manager, KLK
Senior Sustainability Expert at Rabobank
Manager of Environmental Management Team, Aeon Co., Ltd.
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Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the RSPO Secretariat is in charge of the day-to-day running of the RSPO. Among other, it organizes the RSPO Board of Governors meetings, coordinates the Roundtable meetings and General Assemblies, and services RSPO members. It also coordinates the activities of the Standing Committees and Working Groups.
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Head, Smallholder Programme
Associate Director, Finance
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