RSPO Independent Smallholder Standards (RISS) were officially inaugurated. it is hoped that they keep increasing the sustainable practices.
After discussing and debating productively, the members of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) ended the 17th Annual Roundtable Conference on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT17) and the 16th Annual General Assembly (GA16) by making commitment to go forward and support the bigger things, that is, to include the independent smallholders in the supply chain of sustainable palm oil through the RSPO Independent Smallholder Standards (RISS).
The recent adopted RISS required the conditions in phase and more inclusive for them by considering the conservation, capacity, incentive and making sure the criteria of sustainability could be fulfilled.
The making of RISS is the evidence that RSPO admitted that the independent smallholders are important and the needs to increase their roles in the RSPO system.
The ratification of the standards ran in the very long process. It started on 14 June 2017, the Board of Governor of RSPO mandated to simplify the system and the certification standards of RSPO (the principles, criteria, and indicators) so that the smallholders could fulfill.
Then in 2018, the Theory of Change (ToC) of RSPO identified that the smallholders should join in more numbers to be put in the system to get the sustainable