Apical Shared Value Program: North Sumatera Edition

Apical, one of the largest exporters of palm oil in Indonesia, continued its long-standing commitment towards creating sustainable and traceable palm oil supply chain by hosting the Apical Shared Value Programme (ASVP) on 20 April in Medan.

Signaling robust interest, this event has successfully gathered a total of 38 participants from palm oil suppliers operating in North Sumatera. Participants comprised business owners, commercial heads, and officers in sustainability fraternity.

The workshop allowed Apical and its suppliers to engage in a dialogue of incorporating sustainability and traceability as part of their quality management system. Various industry experts and consultants, from organisations such as The Forest Trust (TFT), IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative, Yayasan SETARA Jambi, SGS Indonesia, Proforest, and Daemeter were specially invited to share their experience and knowledge with the participants. A wide-range of topics were covered, including market trends on sustainability and traceability, challenges and opportunities, sustainability good practices, and practical knowledge in producing sustainable and traceable palm oil supply.

Mr. Bremen Yong, Apical Head of Sustainability said, “The workshop was a great avenue for Apical to reaffirm our commitment to be a leader in responsible and sustainable palm, and we invite our suppliers to advance together with us towards this direction as a sustainable business model. The workshop was also successfully enlightening that sustainability and traceability is not purely about compliance but also to deliver long-term benefit in tapping into new market opportunities and managing business risks.”

The Shared Value Program demonstrated Apical’s commitment to constructively engage and support suppliers constructively towards sustainable and traceable production of palm oil. This is inline with Apical sustainability commitment in transforming the supply chain through continuous engagement and inculcate positive values through sharing of industry’s best practices in sustainability.