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Apical Shared Value Program: Jakarta

By December 28, 2018No Comments

5 – 6 December 2018: Apical’s Sustainability team hosted its tri-annual Shared Value Programme (SVP) in Harris Vertu Hotel, Harmoni, Jakarta. The two-day workshop was organised jointly with Apical’s sustainability partners CORE (Proforest & Daemeter Consulting) and participated by 50 suppliers of Apical from around Indonesia.

The goal of the SVP is to engage with Apical’s suppliers and build capacity by offering practical experience and industry knowledge on local and regional issues concerning sustainable palm oil production. This particular session covered current palm oil market trends and updates to the RSPO’s Principles & Criteria (P&C) 2018 and its implications to palm oil producers.

Day 1 kicked-off with an opening address by Apical’s Sustainability Manager, Tay Wai Chian who welcomed suppliers and thanked them for travelling across the country for the event. A preview of Apical’s sustainability journey was then presented through a newly-produced video clip.

This was followed by a session on ‘Environmental Management & Monitoring’ with a panel of experts from Apical’s suppliers, Asian Agri and Astra Agro Lestari (AAL). The Senior VP of Sustainability for AAL, Dr Bandung Sahari and Asian Agri’s Sustainability Manager, Putu Grhyate Yonata Aksa shared expert advice that would benefit suppliers on their own sustainability journey if applied well.

Following a Q&A session and lunch break, the agenda resumed with the official debut of Apical’s Responsible Sourcing Manual (RSM) for mills. The manual was developed by Apical along with Proforest, a global leader in providing support for sustainable management, to provide suppliers with a practical guide to implement their sustainability commitments. The RSM session introduced the manual and its key messages including Traceability, No Deforestation and No Peat commitments and Engaging with Communities to suppliers. The topics were then referenced for the lively focus group discussion and presentation by groups of participants that ensued after.

Day 2 opened with a session on ‘What’s New in the RSPO P&C 2018?’by Salahudin Yaacob, Assurance Director of the RSPO and Tiur Rumondang, RSPO Indonesia’s Director of Operations. This session allowed suppliers to have first-hand information on the new updates to the P&C following the recent 16th Annual Roundtable Conference on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT16).

The session was followed by ‘Smallholder Partnerships’, presented by Asian Agri’s Deputy Head of Smallholder Management, Rafmen and its Head of Sustainability, Bernard Alexander Riedo respectively, who talked about Asian Agri’s engagement activities and successes with smallholders. The session aimed to signify the importance of supplier engagement with smallholders and offered suggestions on methods of conducting them.

The atmosphere during the two days reached a climax just before the much anticipated session entitled ‘Traceability to Plantation – A Buyer’s Perspective’ which consisted of a panel of experts from global consumer brands such as Unilever, KAO and Neste. Palm oil suppliers had the rare opportunity to engage and interact with these brands who expressed the importance of having traceability to plantation in today’s global business.

The panel consisted of Masui Nobuhiko, Head of Procurement, Raw Materials & Commodities for KAO Corporation who flew in from Japan for this event, Dr Achmad Adhitya, Unilever Indonesia’s Sustainability Sourcing Manager and Michael Chong, Neste Singapore’s Sustainability Manager.

The thought-provoking session was facilitated by representatives from Proforest and Daemeter and commenced with a highly engaging and multi-faceted discussion.

Later, the eventful Day 2 had participants observe and gain learnings from Traceability Case Studies by Apical and Asian Agri which addressed achieving traceability to plantation and how traceability helps with managing supply chain risks.

Apical’s Director of Sustainability, Bremen Yong gave the event’s closing remarks before the SVP workshop closed on a high note. Many participants shared how they were enlightened and further educated on how to push forth along their sustainability journey. Participants thanked Apical and CORE for hosting and facilitating the eye-opening event.

Apical Shared Value Program Jakarta

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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