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Apical Shared Value Program: North Sumatera Edition

By April 28, 2017June 28th, 2021No Comments

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.

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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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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