The Free, Prior and Informed Consent Guide for RSPO Members (2015) has been endorsed by the RSPO Board of Governors following its meeting on 20 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. This document will come into force with immediate effect and replaces the previous version “Free, Prior and Informed Consent and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – A Guide for Companies (October 2008)” stated in the RSPO Principles and Criteria (2013).
Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) has been a central requirement of the RSPO Principles and Criteria since they were adopted in 2005. Respect for the right to FPIC is designed to ensure that RSPO certified sustainable palm oil comes from areas without land conflicts or ‘land grabs’. This revised Guide provides advice on how to implement the binding elements of the revised RSPO standard (the Principles, Criteria and Indicators) pertinent to FPIC while also building on the advice already available in the revised RSPO standard’s Guidance.
This guidance document is a result of almost 2 years of consultations and focus group discussions which took place in 2014 and 2015 among RSPO members, civil society organizations and community members, auditors and local NGOs.
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