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Apical Increases Its Score In The SPOTT Palm Oil Assessment 2022, Maintaining Its Rank In The Top 3

By November 25, 2022No Comments

Apical, a leading global vegetable oil processor with an expanding global footprint, increased its score from 89.4% to 91.7% in the 2022 SPOTT (Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit) Assessment. Out of 100 global palm oil companies that were assessed, Apical maintained its top three position as the most transparent company and outperformed the industry average in all environmental, social and governance (ESG) categories.

“Sustainability is our way of thinking, being and operating our business. Being transparent and sustainable in our operatiosn is critical in today’s business landscape. We are proud that our score has increased and we remain as one of the top three most transparent palm oil companies globally. With SPOTT’s independent assessment result, we are motivated to continue implementing effective and positive ESG best practices at Apical,” said Bremen Yong Kin Kong, Director of Sustainability at Apical.

SPOTT is an initiative developed by ZSL (Zoological Society of London), that assesses approximately 100 palm oil producers, processors and traders on 184 sector-specific indicators across 10 categories. The assessment evaluates the public disclosure of their organisation, policies and practices related to ESG issues. Each company receives a percentage score to benchmark their progress over time.

“This assessment demonstrates Apical’s commitment to establishing a transparent, traceable, and sustainable supply chain across our operations, globally. In the years ahead, we will continue to go to great lengths to ensure our transparency to origin maintains an unparalleled record. In living up to our purpose of improving lives by developing resources sustainably, we have also advanced our sustainability commitment with Apical2030 alongside increasing transparency and disclosure of our sustainability performance and governance of Apical2030,” added Bremen.

Centred on creating a positive social, environmental and business impact, Apical2030 includes ambitious sustainability-focused targets around four strategic pillars namely Transformative Partnerships, Climate Action, Green Innovation, and Inclusive Progress. With the industry evolving rapidly, the Group is certain that its Apical2030 sustainability framework will lead to meaningful actions for a lasting sustainability impact on the environment, climate and communities.

Based on assessments of its commitments and ESG practicises, Apical has maintained its top ranks among palm oil companies globally for the fourth consecutive year under the SPOTT initiaitive.

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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