Reasonably sourced palm oil refers to palm oil that has been produced in a way that is considered socially and environmentally responsible. This means that the palm oil is sourced from growers who have been certified by a reputable certification organization, such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which ensures that the oil is produced in a way that is sustainable and does not contribute to deforestation, loss of biodiversity, or exploitation of workers or local communities. The RSPO certification is a voluntary certification system which is meant to ensure that the palm oil is produced in a way that is socially and environmentally responsible.
However, it is important to note that there are criticisms of the RSPO and other certification systems, that they do not always fully address all the issues linked to the palm oil production such as land rights, labor rights, greenhouse gas emissions, and biodiversity conservation. Some argue that there are also limitations and gaps in the certification process and implementation of the standard, which does not guarantee fully sustainable or ethical palm oil.
In summary, reasonably sourced palm oil is a step towards more sustainable and responsible palm oil production, but it is important to be aware of the criticisms and limitations of the certification systems and to do additional research to ensure that the palm oil meets your ethical standards.