Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and Sustainable Agriculture Network

All of our palm oil is certified against the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standard as identity preserved. In 2008, our West New Britain (WNB) operations achieved RSPO certification and became the first company in the world to certify both its plantations and associated smallholders. The certification runs for five years but requires annual surveillance.

In 2009, a joint program between NBPOL and British Standards International saw the first ever integration of the ISO and RSPO standards into a single audit procedure. Ramu Agricultural Industries Limited and Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited achieved RSPO certification in 2010. Our operations in Poliamba, Milne Bay and Higaturu all passed certification audits in 2012.

In 2017 NBPOL became of the first palm oil producers to achieve RA Sustainable Agriculture Standard. Since then 3 out of 6 NBPOL sites have been certified, with the remaining 3 to be certified in 2019 and 2020.

Traceability is a key strength of NBPOL operations. All our FFB comes from plantations owned by NBPOL or from independent smallholders included in our RSPO certificates. 100% of the FFB processed in 2019 by the 11 NBPOL mills across PNG and the Solomon Islands is traceable to plantation level. The same is true for our Kumbango Oil Refinery that process CPO from our Kumbango Mill. We have not processed raw material from third party suppliers and we have no plans to do so.

The RSPO and SAN standards have strict requirements with regards to addressing non-conformities including the exclusion of estates from smallholders if these are found to be non-compliant with various critical requirements. NBPOL has adopted the RA SAS Zero-tolerance criteria that includes: Destruction of HCVs, Forced labour, Mistreatment of workers and sexual harassment, Discrimination and Worst Forms of child labour for this purpose. In case a smallholder or estate is found to be in breach of these requirements NBPOL will suspend the respective smallholder or estate from supplying FFB and will require corrections, corrective and preventive actions to be implemented. The timelines will depend on the nature of the issue, generally speaking it will follow RSPO and RA SAS rules and action is required within maximum two months. Furthermore NBPOL mills are all required to have procedures for Non-Conforming Products under RSPO Supply Chain requirements that further strengthen the system of preventing and eliminating non-compliant FFB from the supply chain.

Further information on our supply chain can be obtained from SDP’s Crosscheck website:

See also:

RSPO Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP)



Public Summary Reports

Copies of our RSPO assessment summary reports are available on the RSPO website or on request.