Part 3: General principles for oil palm plantations and organised smallholders

Principle 1: Management commitment and responsibility
  • Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Policy is in place

  • Internal Audit shall be conducted periodically

  • Management review to ensure adequacy and effectiveness of MSPO implementation

  • Continual improvement plan in place



Principle 2: Transparency
  • Relevant information and documents made public

  • Procedures for consultation and communication with stakeholders established

  • Implement procedures for traceability of products



Principle 3: Compliance to legal requirements
  • Compliance with applicable laws and regulations

  • Land use and Customary Land Rights shall be respected

  • Legal ownership of land demonstrated

  • Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in place



Principle 4: Social responsibility, health, safety and employment conditions
  • Social Impact Assessment (SIA) conducted

  • Complaints and grievances mechanism in place

  • Commitment to contribute to local sustainable development

  • Employees safety and health policy in place

  • Good employment conditions established

  • Appropriate training is provided


Principle 5: Environment, natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Environmental Management Plan (EMP) in place

  • Efficiency of energy use and use of renewable energy

  • Reduction of pollution and emission including greenhouse gases

  • Water management plan to maintain the quality and availability of water resources

  • Identification of high biodiversity value areas and rare, threatened or endangered ecosystems or species

  • Zero burning practices for waste disposal and land preparation



Principle 6: Best practices
  • Site management to implement best practices

  • Economic and financial viability plan implemented

  • Transparent and fair price dealing implemented

  • Contractors shall understand and comply with MSPO requirements



Principle 7: Development of new planting
  • No planting on lands with high biodiversity value

  • No conversion of Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs)

  • New plantings and replanting on peat lands can be developed as per MPOB guidelines & industry best practices

  • Comprehensive Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) conducted prior to new plantings

  • Adequate information on soil types and topography needed of new plantings

  • Extensive planting on steep areas and fragile soils avoided

  • Recognize customary land rights and land owners’ through Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)




MS 2530-3:2013  Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO)

If you own 40.46 ha - 1000 ha acres of oil palm plantation, your MSPO audit fees will be covered for 70%

All RSPO/ISCC certified plantations must obtain MSPO Certification by

31 Dec 2018

All plantation without certification must obtain MSPO Certification by

31 June 2019

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