Certification is an important aspect in Wilmar’s sustainability journey and forms the basis for sustainable practices yielding to improvements in efficiency and productivity. To this extent, we benchmark our internal operations globally against various national and international sustainability standards and certifications to support the trade of sustainable palm oil and its derivatives in the market.


Wilmar has been a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2004 and is actively involved in a wide range of RSPO taskforces and working groups.

Wilmar is committed to the RSPO certification process and has developed a time-bound plan to have all our plantations and mills certified against the RSPO Principles & Criteria (P&C). We have achieved certification for most of our upstream operations and progress is on track to achieve the same for the remaining operations in Malaysia and Indonesia. Unplanted areas are being developed in accordance with the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP), including undergoing the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) process and High Conservation Value (HCV) area assessments, which will be conducted by independent consultants1.

Wilmar also supports smallholders in our supply chain by including them in our certification efforts. We have committed to helping our associated smallholders in Indonesia and Ghana in achieving RSPO certification by 2023. We are making progress on this front and we currently have certified plasma smallholders and outgrowers for four of our mills in Indonesia and Ghana. We also recognize that independent smallholders account for a significant portion of the palm oil production globally and we remain to committed to include them in our supply chain. We have initiated a number of schemes in Indonesia to increase the volume of RSPO certified products from independent smallholders to the market. 

As at year-end 2022, we have achieved RSPO certification for 29 mills and about 81% of our oil palm plantations, representing a production capability of about 863,595 tonnes of certified sustainable crude palm oil and 190,804 tonnes of certified sustainable palm kernel. Supplies from our certified plasma smallholders added 12,774 tonnes and 3,221 tonnes of certified sustainable palm oil and palm kernel respectively to our portfolio. The progress of certification for the remaining 7 mills* are shown below: 


As of year-end 2022, 95% of our refineries are certified against the RSPO Supply Chain Certification Standard and can deliver palm oil products under the Segregated and Mass Balance supply chain models. Around 10% of all palm oil products transacted by Wilmar globally is RSPO certified.


Across the 29 requirements encompassing various thematic areas, Wilmar is actively contributing to the implementation of RSPO's Shared Responsibility requirements.


Wilmar has been an active participant in various RSPO working groups that strive to improve standards and practices and develop solutions to complex issues through a multi-stakeholder and participatory process. We have representations within the RSPO, which include the Board of Governors, the Smallholder Support Fund Panel, the Steering Committee for the Sabah Jurisdictional Approach for Sustainable Palm Oil Production, the Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) Legality & Traceability Taskforce, the Shared Responsibility Working Group, the Biodiversity, and High Conservation Values (BHCV) Working Group, the Compensation Task Force (CTF) as well as the Human Rights Working Group, which includes the related Taskforce on Labour and the Taskforce on Decent Living Wage.


More information on RSPO can be found here. Check our progress on RSPO at this link.



*Consistent with RSPO Certification Systems clause A4.2.2., Wilmar's RSPO Time-Bound Plan does not include 9 stand-alone mills in Indonesia that do not have a supply base of directly owned or managed plantations, or associated smallholders.

on areas beyond 500 ha