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Apical at Japan Sustainable Palm Oil Conference 2018

By November 12, 2018No Comments

The Japan Sustainable Palm Oil Conference 2018 (JaSPOC2018) took place at the IINO Hall & Conference Center in Tokyo, Japan on 22 October. The annual event was attended by organisations such as WWF, Kao Corporation, Ajinomoto, Nissin Foods Holding, AEON Co and Lion Corporations to name a few.

Apical is proud to have been an invited guest to present at this major event. Apical’s Director of Sustainability, Bremen Yong delivered a session on the topic ‘Towards Improvement in Palm Oil Supply Chain Transparency’ and shared key points on Apical’s supplier engagement efforts in achieving traceability and sustainable development.

The presentation also discussed the challenges faced by the industry in achieving traceability which included landscape-level issues, complex supply chain structures, deforestation, policy compliance, lack of market incentives, obstacles in adoption and duplicated efforts by various parties.

Apical took the opportunity to share its traceability solution using blockchain technology  that expects to measure, monitor and assure supply chain compliance to social, environmental and legal requirements as well as improve global market access and transparency – through its SUSTAIN collaboration with established names in the industry.

SUSTAIN (Sustainability Assurance & Innovation Alliance) is geared to achieve alignment among all palm oil stakeholders through the use of blockchain technology that is driven by users, as opposed to being another traceability tool. SUSTAIN aims to address landscape-level issues through a practical and cost efficient chain of custody that is inclusive along the supply chain down to dealers and smallholders.

It will offer incentives such as credit, microfinancing and ESG loans as well as global market access and recognition using SAP Leonardo, the innovation platform supporting new technology such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and blockchain. SUSTAIN will establish an open system offering downloadable tools that can be freely used by all parties in the palm oil supply chain for monitoring traceability and policy compliance, and assist estates, dealers and smallholders in managing (fresh fruit bunch) FFB collection, payments, yield enhancements, ESG/microfinancing for replanting and various other market incentives.

SUSTAIN is currently in Phase 1 of the project’s implementation – Formation of SUSTAIN and Traceability (Proof of concept and Pilot) which is expected to be assessed mid-next year. The success of Phase 1 will determine the kick off timeline of Phase 2 – Policy Compliance & Monitoring.

Apical’s Director of Sustainability, Bremen Yong presents at JaSPOC2018.

Di Apical Group, komitmen kami terhadap keberlanjutan didukung penuh dimulai dari jajaran managemen teratas. Presiden Apical didukung oleh Direktur Keberlanjutan bersama seluruh kepala bisnis, memastikan keberlanjutan terintegrasi dalam unit bisnis dan fungsional, dan tertanam dalam nilai dan inisiatif inti perusahaan.

Topik keberlanjutan dibahas pada rapat dewan yang diadakan setiap tiga bulan. Kami juga memiliki tim keberlanjutan yang berdedikasi berbasis di Kuala Lumpur; Malaysia, dan Indonesia; Pekanbaru, Dumai, Medan, Jakarta dan Balikpapan. Tim Keberlanjutan ditugaskan untuk menerapkan dan memantau komitmen kami melalui keterlibatan dan kolaborasi pemangku kepentingan yang konstruktif.

Selain itu, kami didukung penuh oleh departemen Sosial, Keamanan, dan Perizinan (SSL) khusus di setiap unit bisnis yang kami miliki, untuk menangani masalah sosial dan perizinan sesuai dengan peraturan nasional serta kebijakan keberlanjutan Apical. Tim juga mengawasi program Tanggung Jawab Sosial Perusahaan (CSR) untuk mendukung penghidupan yang lebih baik di masyarakat setempat.

Mencapai tujuan keberlanjutan membutuhkan lebih dari sekadar kolaborasi dengan pemangku kepentingan utama kami. Kolaborasi lintas industri dan perusahaan sejenis juga penting dan karenanya, kami terus mencari dan berpartisipasi dalam kemitraan baru, keanggotaan industri yang relevan, dan skema sertifikasi.

Kami berpartisipasi dalam skema keanggotaan dan sertifikasi industri seperti Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), termasuk P&C Review Taskforce RSPO dan National Interpretation Working Group RSPO Indonesia, International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), dan Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO).

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At Apical Group, our commitment to sustainability stems right from the top. Apical’s President is supported by the Director of Sustainability and various business heads, to ensure sustainability is integrated within business and functional units, and embedded in the company’s core values and initiatives.

Sustainability topics are discussed at Board meetings held quarterly. We also have dedicated Sustainability teams based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Pekanbaru, Dumai, Medan, Jakarta and Balikpapan in Indonesia. The Sustainability teams are tasked with implementing and monitoring our commitments through constructive stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

In addition, there is also a dedicated Social, Security and Licensing (SSL) department in each refinery we own, to handle social and licensing matters in compliance with national regulations as well as Apical Sustainability Policy. The team also oversees Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes to support better livelihoods in local communities.

Achieving sustainability goals requires more than just collaboration with our key stakeholders. Collaboration across industries and peer companies is also crucial and hence, we constantly look for and participate in new partnerships, relevant industry membership and certification schemes.

We participate in industry membership and certification schemes such as the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), including the RSPO P&C Review Taskforce and the RSPO Indonesia National Interpretation Working Group, the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), and the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO)

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