We are constantly strengthening our sustainability policies through regular benchmarking against standards and best practices developed by national and international industry bodies. Our sustainability commitment and progress are further affirmed when our operations are certified against these standards and benchmarks.


ROUNDTABLE ON SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL (RSPO)


RSPO is a not-for-profit organisation that unites stakeholders from the seven sectors of the palm oil industry: oil palm producers, processors or traders, consumer good manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, as well as environmental and social NGOs to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil consisting of environmental and social criteria.


It has established the RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C), a set of stringent standards for sustainable palm oil production, which RSPO producers (i.e. mills and plantations) must comply with. In the RSPO P&C, there are seven principles, 42 criteria and 179 indicators. It covers the most significant environmental and social impacts of palm oil production and the immediate inputs to production, such as seed, chemicals and water, and social impacts related to on-farm labour and community relations.

As an RSPO member, we are committed to adopting the RSPO P&C. As of 31 December 2020, we have received RSPO certifications for three of our subsidiaries covering three mills and more than 27,000 hectares of plantations in the province of Riau. In addition, our bulking station, kernel crushing plant and one of our processing units are certified against the RSPO Supply Chain Certification Standard.


We are currently working towards achieving RSPO certifications for the rest of our mill and plantations by 2024. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our progress. We will continue to monitor the situation and review our 100% RSPO certification target.


INDONESIAN SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL (ISPO)


The ISPO is a government-led effort aimed at creating a system for sustainable palm oil production and certification that will enhance Indonesia’s competitiveness in the global palm oil market and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Indonesian oil palm plantations and operations. It is a mandatory certification scheme regulated by the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture.


As the ISPO certification system underwent an enhancement following the issuance of the Presidential Regulation No. 44/2020 in 2020, all new certifications were put on hold. The enhanced ISPO certification system and standards were only released in November 2020. It consist of seven principles, 30 criteria, 174 indicators and 411 verifiers covering legal issues, economic, environmental and social terms. As at 31 December 2020, nine of our subsidiaries covering nine palm oil mills and more than 88,000 hectares of our plantations are ISPO-certified.


INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABLE CARBON CERTIFICATION (ISCC)


ISCC was developed for the certification of biomass and bioenergy with orientations towards reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and non-development of land with high biodiversity value or high carbon stock.


As at 31 December 2020, 51,020 hectares of our nucleus plantations and six palm oil mills are certified under the ISCC scheme. In addition, both our refineries and our bulking facilities are ISCC-certified. As a result, we are able to provide customers with a fully traceable product under the ISCC scheme.


ISCC certifications demonstrate compliance with the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive (EU-RED). ISCC-certified products must have at least 35% of greenhouse gas emissions savings as compared to fossil fuels which have an emission value of 83.8 grams of carbon dioxide equivalent per megajoule (referring to EU-RED 2009).

 
Sustainability Policy

  

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
• Traceability

  

Employee Relations
• Employment Practices
• Occupational Health & Safety

  

Sustainability Reports

  

Grievance Procedure
• Grievance List