Part 2: General principles for independent smallholders

Principle 1: Management commitment and responsibility
  • Policy binding smallholders to MSPO is in place

  • Action plan for continual improvement of SPOCs* is in place



Principle 2: Transparency
  • Records of sales and delivery or transportation of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) are kept

  • Traceability requirements are implemented and conducted by group management



Principle 3: Compliance to legal requirements
  • All applicable local, state, national & ratified international laws and regulations are complied with

  • Land use and customary land rights of independent smallholders are demonstrated

  • Legal ownership of customary land rights is demonstrated using maps



Principle 4: Social responsibility, health, safety and employment conditions
  • Complaints and grievances raised are responded to

  • Safe work practices and conditions are ensured

  • Work conditions are in accordance with mutual verbal agreements made transparently and freely

  • Equal opportunity and treatment are provided

  • Where available and practical, living quarters with basic amenities are provided

  • Children and young persons are not employed or exploited

  • Workers pay and employment conditions meet legal standards

  • Seeking knowledge to increase competency in oil palm management is encouraged



Principle 5: Environment, natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Awareness of environmental impacts is expected

  • Use of renewable energy is applied, where possible

  • All waste products and souse of pollution are identified by off appropriatelysmall holders must be disposed

  • Quality and availability of surface and ground water are maintained

  • Basic understanding of any species or habitat of concern, together with the conservation needs, is shown

  • Open burning during land preparation for oil palm cultivation or replanting shall not be practiced


Principle 6: Best practices
  • Best practices are implemented

  • A management plan to demonstrate economic and financial viability is established by group management

  • Communication and consultation with dealers, millers, local communities and other interested parties are encouraged for transparent and fair price dealings



Principle 7: Development of new planting
  • No planting of oil palm on land with high biodiversity value

  • Information on soil types, topography and their suitability for oil palm plantings is obtained

  • Extensive planting on steep terrain, marginal and fragile soils is avoided




*Sustainable Palm Oil Cluster (SPOC) refers to a group of independent smallholders within a specific boundary who are committed to produce sustainable palm oil through the cooperative structure.





MS 2530-2:2013  Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO)

If you own less than 100 acres oil palm plantation, you will get a full support from MPOB TUNAS


Are you a smallholder?

All independent smallholders and organised smallholders must obtain MSPO Certification by 31 Dec 2019