ISPO (Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil)

Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil

The Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification is a series of assessments for oil palm plantation and processing activities, with the provision of a written guarantee that the products and/or management of the oil palm plantation meet the principles and criteria of ISPO. This includes economic viability, social and cultural viability, and environmental friendliness in accordance with the prevailing laws and regulations in Indonesia.

Objective of ISPO Implementation

  • Increasing awareness of the importance of managing oil palm plantations effectively and consistently with evidence of Compliance Assessment.
  • Addressing negative issues related to oil palm plantations.
  • Building good and synergistic relationships with the surrounding community.
  • Enhancing the marketability of certified products and the competitiveness of the company.
  • Ensuring the long-term sustainability of the oil palm business.
  • Establishing trust with policy stakeholders towards the company.

ISPO Certification Process

Audit Process

  • Initial Certification Audit : Audit Stage 1 & Audit Stage 2

Stage 1

Stage 2

Assessment includes:

  • Review of completeness and accuracy of legality documents.
  • Sampling of plantations & CPO mills to be assessed in Stage 2 audit.
  • Critical points in plantations & CPO mills (such as protected forest areas, hazardous waste, slope of the plantation, etc.).
  • Stakeholders selected as information sources.

Assessment includes:

  • Assessment of all ISPO requirement documents.
  • Assessment of the implementation of ISPO principles and criteria in plantations and CPO mills.
  • Competency of employees involved in plantations and CPO mills.
  • Confirmation of the application of ISPO principles and criteria to information sources.
  • If Stage 1 is compliant, then Stage 2 audit will be conducted.
  • If not compliant, a maximum of 6 months will be given for improvements after Stage 1 audit.
  • If the improvements are not completed, the certification process will be terminated.
  • Audit using sampling method.
  • If the assessment is met, it will proceed to the ISPO certification decision-making stage.
  • If the assessment is not met, recommendations for improvement will be given for 6 months.

Certificate Issuance

  • ISPO Certification Decision (1 month)
  • Registration & Certificate issuance (valid for 5 years)
  • Surveillance Audits (SA): SA-1 to SA-4:
    • Surveillance 1 conducted between 9 – 12 months after the certification decision.
    • Subsequent surveillance audits must be conducted no later than 1 year from the previous surveillance.
    • If there are non-conformities, a 3-month period for improvement will be given. Decision on surveillance results: maintenance, suspension, or revocation of ISPO certificate.
    • In case of a suspension decision, a period for improvement will be given before the revocation of the ISPO certificate.
  • Recertification: 1 cycle period of 5 years
    • Recertification is completed at the end of 1 cycle of ISPO certificate period, earliest submission for recertification is 6 months.
    • Recertification audit is conducted in accordance with the initial certification.
    • If there are no significant changes affecting ISPO principles & criteria, the recertification audit can proceed directly to Stage 2.

Requirements for ISPO


  • Plantation business license
  • Proof of land ownership rights
  • Environmental permit
  • Designation of plantation class from the plantation business license issuer (Class I, Class II, or Class III)
  • Internal auditor


  • Certificate of plantation business registration
  • Proof of land ownership rights
  • Environmental Management Statement (SPPL - Surat Pernyataan Pengelolaan Lingkungan)
  • Internal Control Team

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