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Apical Joins TFA 2020, Looks Forward To Partner Others To Advance Sustainability

By January 9, 2018June 28th, 2021No Comments
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Apical Group is now a partner of Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020). TFA 2020 is the global public-private partnership that brings together governments, private sector, and civil society organisations to reduce deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil, beef, soy, and pulp and paper.

TFA 2020, an initiative hosted by the World Economic Forum, aims to foster cross-sector collaboration based on a common understanding of the barriers and opportunities linked to deforestation-free supply chains.

Leveraging TFA 2020 as a platform for collaboration, all partners can exchange knowledge, expertise and best practices on forest and ecosystem conservation, and improve planning, management and monitoring of deforestation and degradation.

This partnership, formed in November 2017, is timely for Apical, one of the largest exporters of palm oil in Indonesia, owning and controlling an extensive spectrum of the palm oil business value chain. Collaborating with alliances such as TFA 2020 is pivotal to Apical’s business and its commitment to sustainability. It offers an additional avenue for Apical, which is also a signatory to the New York Declaration on Forests, to work with different organisations on initiatives that will drive sustainability among businesses.

Currently, Apical partners with NGOs and accreditation bodies such as Daemeter, Proforest, The Forest Trust (TFT), Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), on sustainability, traceability, and various capacity building programmes for farmers and small holders to empower them and eventually their communities as well.

With sustainability ingrained in its business core values, Apical is determined to lead efforts to progress sustainability across industries together with fellow TFA 2020 partners. “This partnership is aligned with our company’s core values and bigger purpose of creating positive change in the communities we operate in. We look forward to supporting TFA 2020’s mission and to collaborate with others on initiatives that create positive change in the areas of sustainability and deforestation,” said Dato’ Yeo How, President of Apical Group.

“This also comes aptly at a time when Apical Group is embarking on a journey to adopt and contribute towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We believe that every individual and company can play a role. Collectively, we can mobilise businesses and communities to discover business-led solutions and technologies to address the world’s biggest sustainable development challenges,” affirmed Dato’ Yeo.

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).

Dato' Yeo How


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)

Dato' Yeo How