As palm oil operations are labour intensive, and new developments are often in rural parts of Indonesia, we firmly believe that commercial palm oil cultivation is an effective solution for socio-economic development and poverty alleviation. We are committed to leading community growth in areas where we are operationally present.


Through our FPIC exercise carried out prior to new development, we are able to identify communities that are interested to partner with the Company in plantation development. We work with the indigenous and local communities through plasma schemes partnerships whereby the company assists plasma farmers in developing and managing their plots until the trees reach productive ages. The plasma plots are then handed back to the plasma farmers who will sell their harvests from their plots to the company at government-determined prices. These partnerships provide sustainable incomes for thousands of smallholders, directly impacting local economic growth and living standards.


As at the end of 2016, we partnered with more than 14,000 smallholders on 29,293 hectares of oil palm plantations, representing 15% of the total plantation area managed by First Resources. Throughout these years, our field officers provided practical training, quality seed stock, advice on fertiliser and pesticide procurement and usage, exposure to new farming technologies, assistance with land titling and transportation of FFB to palm oil mills.


In addition to implementing best practices at our own nucleus estates, we are also committed to raising the sustainability standards of our plasma farmers, as smallholders account for more than 40% of Indonesia’s palm oil production. 


As part of our sustainability policy, we will support smallholders by sharing sustainable best practices, providing technical assistance and including them in our Group's supply chain.

 
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