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Apical Marunda Holds Webinar on the Importance of Palm Oil in Everyday Life

By June 23, 2020No Comments

Apical Marunda, the Jakarta-based operations of Apical Group, held its first webinar on Zoom on June 17, 2020, themed “Healthy with Palm Oil”.

Palm oil is a highly efficient and productive crop with many uses and applications. Compared to other vegetable oil crops such as soya bean, rapeseed, sunflower, and olive, palm oil requires the least amount of land to produce the same quantity of vegetable oil. While palm oil accounts for only 6.6% of all cultivated land for vegetable oils, it covers 38% of the global production of vegetable oils and fats.

Indonesia and Malaysia are respectively the world’s largest and second largest palm oil producers, producing around a combined 85 percent of the global supply of palm oil. With its abundant natural resources, vast land and suitable tropical climate, Indonesia remains the world’s largest producer of palm oil.

With the advantage of being the world’s largest producer of palm oil, Indonesia is able to create economies of scale to meet the global demand for oils and fats, while supporting the livelihoods of countless farmers and communities.

In the webinar, General Manager of Apical Marunda, Lim Teck Guan shared that there still existed many consumers who were unaware of health benefits and significance of palm oil in our daily diet.

“Palm oil contains a balance of unsaturated fatty acids and saturated fatty acids, unlike other vegetable oils. Fat is a source of energy, and just like carbohydrates and protein, it is part of one’s balanced and healthy daily diet. Fat is one of the important elements in a healthy diet as fats are needed for the synthesis of cells and hormones, and absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K,” explained Mr Lim.

He further said, “We hope this series of webinars can help the public better understand the health benefits of palm oil.”

Fajar Marhendra, from the Apical Marunda’s Research & Development department, added that palm oil is found in everyday products. Commonly recognized in its liquid form (e.g. cooking oil), palm oil is also available in semi-solid and solid form (e.g. margarine), and is one of the ingredients in the manufacture of foods such as ice creams, breads, cookies, chocolate preparations, and other culinary ingredients. Despite palm oil’s prevalence in every day foods, many people are not fully aware they are already consuming palm oil daily.

“Palm oil is the most consumed vegetable oils and fats globally. Because it is available in liquid, semi-solid and solid forms, palm oil is very versatile, functional and used in many applications. Its benefits to daily food preparation also includes taste. For example, it is used to produce crispy and long-lasting fried foods with a smooth and soft texture,” said Mr Fajar.

Palm oil is not only used in the kitchen, but also in many daily activities and products that such as soaps, toothpaste, and even biodiesel. Recognizing its high productivity, versatility and many benefits, Mr Lim Teck Guan hopes there can be increased awareness on the uses of palm oil among the public.

About Apical Products
Apical produces fresh, quality palm oil products through the processing of CPO in our internationally certified refineries. Our palm oil products are Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and FSCC 22000 certified for food safety, and halal and kosher certified.

We also adhere to PORAM’s (Palm Oil Refiners Association of Malaysia) standards for PPO and can create and tailor made our product specifications according to customers’ unique requirements. Through continuous innovation and improvement, Apical is able to meet food manufacturers’ stringent quality requirements for oils and fats.

Our products are available in Lotte Mart, and Carrefour, etc. under brands such as: Harumas, Camar, Vitas margarine, and Medalia margarine.

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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.

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