AIB International Certifications Services is now able to offer Roundtable on Sustainability Palm Oil (RSPO) Supply Chain Certification (SCC) services. The certification service can be offered to any country worldwide except China.
Palm oil is arguably one of the best-known and most debated ingredients in the food industry, due to negative impacts of palm oil farming on the environment, wildlife and human rights. As a result, many food companies have begun steering away from incorporating unsustainable and traditional industrialised sourced palm oil in their products. It has become common to see the term ‘sustainable palm oil’ listed in the ingredients of goods.
“Becoming an approved RSPO Supply Chain certification body was the next natural step for AIB International Certification Services, Inc.,” explained Alfonso Capuchino, Vice President of Certification Services. “We will be able to support our food supply chain customer’s sustainability efforts by verifying whether the palm oil they use is produced sustainably without harming the environment and people who live and work in oil palm producing countries.”
The RSPO Supply Chain audit can also be combine with a benchmarked Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) audit processes, which optimises organisations in the food supply chain that take legal ownership of RSPO palm oil products or physically manipulate and/or store RSPO palm oil products while demonstrating their commitment to food safety and sustainable palm oil usage.
The RSPO Supply Chain Certification outlines auditable requirements used by organisations in the palm oil supply chain that process and trade RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil. Certification bodies that offer RSPO certification services are accredited by Assurance Services International (ASI).
During last year, AIB International Certification Services worked alongside ASI to complete the accreditation process, becoming the first certification body audited and accredited by their recently opened office in the US.
“By obtaining an RSPO certificate, organizations in the food supply chain can provide assurance that the products they produce, distribute, or commercialize adhere to the RSPO supply chain certification requirements,” added Capuchino. “This assurance is becoming increasingly important as customers and consumers keep growing more inquisitive about the environmental and social consequences of purchasing decisions and expecting companies to increase their commitment on sustainability efforts.”
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