Tropical natural forests hold large stores of carbon and greenhouse gases (GHG) are released when these forests are cleared. Given the substantial and continuing contribution that deforestation in tropical regions makes to the build-up of GHGs in the atmosphere, there is an inarguable need to reduce, minimise and eventually eliminate such deforestation.


No Development on High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests


From 1 July 2015, First Resources has committed not to develop on HCS forests. This will be implemented through HCS assessments whose inputs will guide and support us in our land use planning. As a land-use planning tool, HCS assessments will integrate with High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments, peatland identification, and Free Prior and Informed Consent with local communities to propose a plan for a concession with areas for protection and areas that can potentially be developed.


As the HCS concept is relatively new to the palm oil industry, studies are still underway to identify HCS areas that can and should be protected, based on pragmatic assessments of social, economic and political factors that will affect the future viability of identified HCS patches.


In the interim and until an industry-wide methodology has been adopted, the definition of HCS forests adopted by First Resources will be in accordance with that in the HCS Approach Toolkit (http://highcarbonstock.org).  We will not develop on High, Medium, Low and Young Regenerating Forests.


We have shared more on our implementation progress of this policy in our progress reports.


 
Sustainability Policy
• Progress Report

  

Certifications

  

Environmental Management
• High Carbon Stock
• High Conservation Value
• Peat, Soil and Water Mgmt
• Zero Burning Policy
• Greenhouse Gases
• Integrated Pest Mgmt
• Waste Mgmt

  

Community Engagement
• FPIC
• Smallholder Partnership
• Community Development

  

Supply Chain

  

Employee Relations
• Employment Practices
• Occupational Health & Safety

  

Sustainability Reports

  

Grievance Procedure