Aidenvironment to Develop RSPO Guidelines for Social Remediation and Compensation

Aidenvironment has been commissioned by RSPO to develop guidelines for palm oil growers on social remediation and compensation for communities affected by clearing of High Value Conservation (HCV) areas.

Clearing land for palm oil production causes environmental and social impacts. RSPO operates a Remediation and Compensation Procedure (RaCP) for RSPO members  to determine liabilities where land is cleared without prior HCV assessment. Progress has been made with reporting and quantifying the loss of HCV areas with environmental values. But addressing liability for the reported loss of social and cultural values has lagged behind. These HCV losses affect ecosystem services to communities, basic community needs, and cultural values.

We will produce guidelines for growers on procedures, identifying priorities, and the various types of social remediation and compensation. The guidelines will draw on four in-depth case studies of palm oil companies that have either identified social liabilities or have already gone through the process of remediation and compensation. These case studies will reveal the weight of social impacts on communities resulting from the clearance of land. In consultation with grower companies, Aidenvironment will develop the guidance sought for the remediation and compensation of those impacts.

For further information about this project, please contact Sarah Drost.