The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is the global certification body for “sustainable” palm oil. If a big name brand, like PepsiCo, Unilever, or Mondelez claims it is using sustainable palm oil, it almost certainly means RSPO oil. ILRF and our partners Rainforest Action Network and OPPUK recently released our latest report, “The Human Cost of Conflict Palm Oil Revisited: How PepsiCo, Banks, and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Perpetuate Indofood’s Worker Exploitation,” the second to document rampant labor exploitation, including child labor, on RSPO-certified palm oil plantations owned by palm oil giant Indofood.
Indofood is a massive Indonesian company, the sole partner for PepsiCo in Indonesia—producing all PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, and Quaker branded snacks in the country—and a likely supplier to global brands Unilever, Kellogg's, Mondelez, Mars and Hershey's. The RSPO has so far failed to enforce its standards, despite eidence of ongoing violations. If it wants to maintain its legitimacy as a certifier of "sustainable" palm oil, the RSPO must suspend Indofood and any other palm oil supplier that refuses to produce their products without doing harm to workers or rainforests.