Palm oil is the first global vegetable oil that has its own sustainable governance system and sustainable vegetable oil certification. The first two countries to receive vegetable oil certification for their palm oil are Indonesia and Malaysia. Other global vegetable oils, including soybean oil, rapeseed oil, sunflower oil and olive oil, do not have a sustainable vegetable oil governance system and are yet to receive sustainable vegetable oil certification.
Since its enforcement from2008 through 2015, about 5 percent of all internationally distributed palm oil is certified sustainable palm oil (Table 1). No other vegetable oils have been certified.
Table 1: Sustainable Palm Oil Certification (CSPO + CSPK) in Global Vegetable Oils Year 2015
|Type of Vegetable Oil||Volume (in million tons)|
|Uncertified Sustainability||Certified Sustainability||Subtotal|
|Palm Kernel Oil||3.8||3||6.8|
Source: RSPO (2016)
In conclusion, palm oil is the only global vegetable oil that has undergone and received sustainable certification.