No Peat Development


From 1 July 2015, First Resources has committed not to develop on peat areas regardless of depth. Peat soil is defined as soil with more than 65% organic matter.


For existing plantations on peat areas, we will implement best practices in the management of plantations on peat. We will ensure groundwater levels are between 50 centimetres and 75 centimetres deep to prevent subsidence and carbon dioxide emissions.


Soil Management


First Resources' soil management practices are aimed at maintaining and enhancing soil fertility and reducing risks of soil degradation posed by our activities. Our objective is to enable our oil palms to attain their full productive potential, but through minimal use of inorganic fertilisers.


For new development areas, we mechanically clear land and harness the organic contents within fallen, decomposing biomass to replenish plantation soil. This provides a rich substrate for new plantings and reduces inorganic feriliser usage. On undulating plantations, we build terraces and silt pits to minimise soil erosion and the leaching of fertilisers and pesticides into water bodies. Buffer zones are maintained along riparian strips to protect river banks and maintain water quality.


Before the planting or during the immature phase of oil palms, our estates are planted with legume cover crops to conserve and improve soil fertility and fix atmospheric nitrogen for the trees.


We recycle all the biomass and organic by-products produced in our plantations and mills such as pruned fronds, EFB and POME and use them as organic fertilisers. This practice helps reduce the use of inorganic fertilisers. However, the use of such organic fertilisers alone is not sufficient to maximise the potential of the palms. Our research team therefore conducts site specific leaf and soil analysis to recommend the amount of inorganic fertiliser required to create a balanced nutrition programmme for our plantations.


Water Management


As an agribusiness, water is crucial not only for the maintenance of our crops but also in other areas of our operations such as the well-being of our workers and to generate steam for processing. We adopt best water management practices to ensure efficient use of water, to prevent pollution of waterways and to minimise disruption of water supply in our operations. Our efforts include:


  • Constructing trenches, drains and silt pits to ensure good drainage and prevent flooding during rainy season. These also serve water containment purposes to maintain soil moisture in the plantation during the dry season.
  • Spreading and stacking prune fronds according to land contours to reduce surface runoff and maximise water retention.
  • Preserving measured buffer zones along riparian river strip to protect river banks and to maintain water quality.
  • Constructing wells and dams in housing areas to ensure steady water supply for our employees as well as local communities.
  • Identifying and protecting water sources that are important for the local wildlife and surrounding communities by conducting HCV assessments prior to development.
  • Treating palm oil mill and refinery effluents to ensure the Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) level and other indicators are within the legal limits before being discharged or used for land applications.





 
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