Liberia’s National Interpretation of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil principles and criteria
To ensure sustainable oil palm development, the international coalition of private sector and non-governmental organizations gathered under the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has formulated global principles and criteria to guide the operations of producers in the sector. Compliance with the principles is influenced by legal, policy and regulatory frameworks which differ from country to country, such as minimum wage for workers, agricultural expansion and practices. Because of these differences, RSPO principles and criteria are contextualized in each country through their National Interpretation. With support from the Good Growth Partnership, thorough and multi-stakeholder consultations were organized to formulate Liberia’s National Interpretation. Liberia’s National Interpretation was successfully endorsed by the RSPO Standards Group and the Board of Governors in 2021.
Liberia’s National Interpretation was successfully endorsed by the RSPO Standards Group and the Board of Governors in 2021. This represents a major step for sustainable palm oil production in Liberia, incentivizing producers to shift their production towards sustainability to access the certification and new markets.