Producing sustainable palm oil isn’t just an option in Malaysia. It’s tradition. And confirming these high standards will soon become mandatory. Malaysia’s Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) announced that Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification will become mandatory for all Malaysian palm oil producers. This certification program, first launched in 2015, helps ensure that all palm oil produced in the country is as good for the economy as it is for the environment and the Malaysian people. Achieving MSPO became mandatory as of 2020, and the country is working toward 100% compliance.

The MSPO standards cover seven areas:

  1. Management commitment and responsibility
  2. Transparency
  3. Compliance to legal requirements
  4. Social responsibility, safety and employment conditions
  5. Environment, natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystem services
  6. Best practices
  7. Development of new plantings

Before this announcement, MSPO certification was obtained on a voluntary basis. The program is administered through the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) which is the organization entrusted to promote the development, adoption and implementation of sustainable palm oil production. 


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