At Aquarius Aromatherapy & Soap Inc. we are sensitive to activities and practices in the oil palm industry that affect our environment and wildlife and we believe in and support the production of palm oil and its co-product palm kernel oil in a sustainable manner.
To that end, Aquarius supports the mission of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO); a non-profit association that works to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through cooperation within the supply chain and open dialogue between its stakeholders.
Aquarius currently sources all our palm and palm kernel oils from suppliers who are members of RSPO and certified suppliers of RSPO CSPO. More information on RSPO and CSPO can be found on www.rspo.org
In 2008, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). When they are properly applied, these criteria can help to minimize negative impacts.
One of the most important RSPO criteria states no primary forests or areas which contain significant concentrations of biodiversity (e.g. endangered species) or fragile ecosystems, or areas which are fundamental to meeting basic or traditional cultural needs of local communities (high conservation value areas), can be cleared.
Other RSPO principles stipulate a significantly reduced use of pesticides and fires; fair treatment of workers according to local and international labour rights standards, and the need to inform and consult with local communities before the development of new plantations on their land.