RSPO risks losing support of palm growers

The round table for sustainable palm oil (RSPO) runs the risk of losing Malaysian palm growers due to the increased cost of supplier certification and relatively low sales of certified palm oil resulting in the excess certified oil having to be sold as conventional oil.
This results in no premiums going to growers.
Whilst many in the industry have questioned the effectiveness of RSPO it is a worry if it falls apart as it removes a plank form an ethical compliance perspective for some in the food supply chain.
Whatever the certification scheme, in whatever part of the food supply chain it is critical that the suppliers who invest in certification are rewarded.