RSPO adopts total ban on deforestation under sweeping new standards | Sustainable Procurement News |

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has adopted new standards that will prohibit its member companies from clearing any type of forest for palm plantations. RSPO-certified companies were previously permitted to clear secondary forests and peat forests with a peat layer no deeper than 3 meters (10 feet). The move comes amid a growing consumer backlash that has prompted companies to make zero-deforestation commitments. Environmental activists have welcomed the RSPO’s deforestation ban with cautious optimism, noting that enforcement of the certification body’s standards has historically been lax.