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Apical Shared Value Programme: Pekanbaru

By December 21, 2017June 28th, 2021No Comments

As part of Apical’s capacity building initiative to support and enable palm oil suppliers with knowledge of establishing a sustainable and traceable palm oil supply chain, a two-day Apical Shared Value Programme was held in Pekanbaru.

From 11-12 December 2017, 65 participants from Pekanbaru, and the regions of Riau and Medan, gathered to learn the latest market trends, and how international certifications such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) can be beneficial for their businesses.

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The participants, who are business owners, commercial heads, and specialists in sustainability from major palm oil companies, gained insights into the importance of palm oil traceability and responsible sourcing. They were also updated on Indonesia’s regulation on peat, mill operations and plantations; and High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) requirements.

“The workshop reaffirms Apical’s commitment to support our suppliers on the path of sustainability – to help them seize opportunities, mitigate risks and progress towards a responsible and sustainable business model,” said Bremen Yong, Head of Sustainability, Apical Group.

Industry subject matter experts from RSPO, The Forest Trust (TFT), Intertek, Proforest, Daemeter Consulting, and Yayasan SETARA Jambi were on hand to share practical knowledge and experience on various topics. They also facilitated the group discussions and assignments throughout the two days.

Overall, the participants found the workshop most educational. They acknowledged that the sessions facilitated discussions about challenges and opportunities, especially from the case studies and real experiences presented. This had also inspired exchange of ideas on how to improve and grow their business whilst meeting international requirements for sustainability.

Aisyah Sileuw, co-founder and President Director of Daemeter Consulting, said that she was impressed with the high level of interest and how fast the participants captured the information presented during the workshop. “Their eagerness to learn and to apply that knowledge was intensive. We hope that the participants will keep their enthusiasm and energy to propel not only business growth but also sustainability in the palm oil industry.

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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