Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO)

Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification scheme is the national scheme in Malaysia for oil palm plantations, independent and organized smallholdings and palm oil processing facilities to be certified against the requirements of the MSPO standards.

Principle and Criteria of MSPO is the MS 2530:2013 series of standards issued by the Department of Standards Malaysia (DSM). 4 standards are issued:-

MS 2530-1:2013 which is the general principles for sustainable palm oil.

MS 2530-2:2013 which is applicable for independent smallholders.

MS 2530-3:2013 which is applicable for oil palm plantations and organized smallholders.

MS 2530-4:2013 which is applicable for palm oil mills.

 

In our discussion, only MS 2530-3:2013 and MS 2530-4:2013 are focused:-

MS 2530-3:2013 which are the general principles for oil palm plantations and organized smallholders. A total of 33 Criteria and 117 Indicators are highlighted in the standard. The general requirements are:-

Principle 1:

Management Commitment and Responsibility

·         Criterion 1

Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Policy

·         Criterion 2

Internal Audit

·         Criterion 3

Management Review

·         Criterion 4

Continual Improvement

     

Principle 2:

Transparency

·         Criterion 1

Transparency of information and documents relevant to MSPO requirements

·         Criterion 2

Transparent method of communication and consultation

·         Criterion 3

Traceability

     

Principle 3:

Compliance to Legal Requirement

·         Criterion 1

Regulatory requirement

·         Criterion 2

Land use right

·         Criterion 3

Customary land rights

     

Principle 4:

Social Responsibility, Health, Safety and Employment Condition

·         Criterion 1

Social Impact Assessment (SIA)

·         Criterion 2

Complaints and grievances

·         Criterion 3

Commitment to contribute to local sustainable development

·         Criterion 4

Employees safety and health

·         Criterion 5

Employment conditions

·         Criterion 6

Training and competency

     

Principle 5:

Environment, Natural Resources, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

·         Criterion 1

Environmental management plan

·         Criterion 2

Efficiency of energy use and use of renewable energy

·         Criterion 3

Waste management and disposal

·         Criterion 4

Reduction of pollution and emission

·         Criterion 5

Natural water resources

·         Criterion 6

Status of rare, threatened or endangered species and high biodiversity value area

·         Criterion 7

Zero burning practices

     

Principle 6:

Best Practices

·         Criterion 1

Site management

·         Criterion 2

Economic and financial viability plan

·         Criterion 3

Transparent and fair price dealing

·         Criterion 4

Contractor

     

Principle 7:

Development of New Planting

·         Criterion 1

High biodiversity value

·         Criterion 2

Peat land

·         Criterion 3

Social  and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA)

·         Criterion 4

Soil and topographic information

·         Criterion 5

Planting on steep terrain, marginal and fragile soils

·         Criterion 6

Customary land

     

 

MS 2530-4:2013 which are the general principles for palm oil mills. A total of 26 Criteria and 87 Indicators are highlighted in the standard. The general requirements are:-

Principle 1:

Management Commitment and Responsibility

·         Criterion 1

Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Policy

·         Criterion 2

Internal Audit

·         Criterion 3

Management Review

·         Criterion 4

Continual Improvement

     

Principle 2:

Transparency

·         Criterion 1

Transparency of information and documents relevant to MSPO requirements

·         Criterion 2

Transparent method of communication and consultation

·         Criterion 3

Traceability

     

Principle 3:

Compliance to Legal Requirement

·         Criterion 1

Regulatory requirement

·         Criterion 2

Land use right

·         Criterion 3

Customary land rights

     

Principle 4:

Social Responsibility, Health, Safety and Employment Condition

·         Criterion 1

Social Impact Assessment (SIA)

·         Criterion 2

Complaints and grievances

·         Criterion 3

Commitment to contribute to local sustainable development

·         Criterion 4

Employees safety and health

·         Criterion 5

Employment conditions

·         Criterion 6

Training and competency

     

Principle 5:

Environment, Natural Resources, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

·         Criterion 1

Environmental management plan

·         Criterion 2

Efficiency of energy use and use of renewable energy

·         Criterion 3

Waste management and disposal

·         Criterion 4

Reduction of pollution and emission including greenhouse gas

·         Criterion 5

Natural water resources

     

Principle 6:

Best Practices

·         Criterion 1

Mill management

·         Criterion 2

Economic and financial viability plan

·         Criterion 3

Transparent and fair price dealing

·         Criterion 4

Contractor

     

For more information on the MS 2530:2013 standards, please visit https://www.msonline.gov.my/default.php

 

In our concern on MSPO certification, the followings are the minimum requirements to gauge the readiness of the certification preparation.

1.       Legality Compliance and Land Use Right

2.       Environment Compliance

3.       Social Compliance

4.       OSH Compliance

5.       Best Practices

Once the above mentioned compliances reached a certain level of confidence, documentation such as policies, Standard Operating Procedures, MSPO audit checklist and Training Matrix will be formed for next level of implementation.

To ensure the requirement of MSPO sustains, a self-audit and training system is required. When the MSPO requirement has achieved the satisfactory level of compliance, external audit with Certification Body (CB) engagement can be conducted. The procedure of external audit requirements can be referred to MPOCC at:

Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC)

15th Floor, Bangunan Getah Asli, 148, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel +603 2181 0192 l Fax +603 2181 0167

Email:      info@mpocc.org.my

Website: www.mpocc.org.my

 

Timelines for Mandatory MSPO Certification will be

·         31 Dec 2018

o   RSPO certified entities (plantations and mills)

·         30 June 2019

o   Oil Palm entities (plantations and mills) without RSPO certification

·         31 Dec 2019

o   All independent and organized smallholders