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RSPO Lead Auditor training as part of wider oil palm work in Guatemala

Proforest to run its RSPO-endorsed Lead Auditor training course in Guatemala, 1–5 September 2014, as part of the Central American Sustainable Palm Oil Value Chain Project.

As part of our on-going capacity building programme, Proforest is running a Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Lead Auditor training course from 1 to 5 September 2014 in Guatemala. This 5-day course is designed for auditors who plan to carry out assessments against the RSPO producer standard. It is also appropriate for company staff who are responsible for meeting RSPO requirements, and other stakeholders, such as NGOs and government officials who want to learn about RSPO standards and systems. The course includes lectures, workshops, a practical audit exercise and a written examination.

Successful completion of the course is one requirement to be able to lead RSPO audits.

For further information about the RSPO Lead Auditor course please contact

The context

As global demand for palm oil continues to grow, there is pressure to increase palm oil production across Central America. While oil palm cultivation can bring economic benefits to underdeveloped regions, there are concerns about the potential environmental and social costs.

Certification schemes such as RSPO can play a key role in promoting and supporting sustainable palm oil production. However, practical knowledge of RSPO requirements is limited among producers and other stakeholders.

Our work in Guatemala is part of the Guatemalan Sustainable Palm Oil Value Chain Project, which is funded by Solidaridad with the participation of the nine leading Guatemalan palm oil companies, GREPALMA, WWF and Proforest. The project aims to address this knowledge gap and build capacity to implement the international RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C) in Guatemala. Through the project, we are providing a series of workshops and training courses, supporting companies to work towards achieving RSPO certification, and facilitating a RSPO national interpretation process.

Supporting companies

We are working closely with a number of companies in Guatemala to prepare them for RSPO certification. By helping companies understand and implement the social and labour standards that are part of the RSPO P&C, we aim to improve the living standards of producer families, workers and processors. The implementation of the environmental criteria and conservation requirements will help minimise negative impacts on the environment and communities.

National Interpretation of the RSPO P&C

Proforest is also facilitating the development of a National Interpretation of the RSPO P&C. This process is following the small producer country national interpretation model. A multi-stakeholder Technical Committee has been set up for this purpose. The draft National Interpretation is due to enter a 60-day public consultation period, starting in August 2014. The National Interpretation will facilitate implementation of the RSPO standard and raise awareness of sustainable palm oil in Guatemala. Information on the public consultation for the Guatemalan RSPO National Interpretation will be available on the Proforest website from mid-August.

Published 29.07.2014