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Asian Agri


Eyes on The Forest (EoF) published a report, ‘No One is Safe’, on 6 April 2016, highlighting that Asian Agri purchased illegal FFB grown inside Tesso Nilo National Park and government-protected areas. EoF’s report can be found here.  RGE was named alongside Asian Agri in the report.  RGE is the management service company of Asian Agri with no direct involvement in our operations.


EoF requested Asian Agri provide comments on a draft of their report and offered their recommendations on dealing with such cases. Asian Agri sent a response to EoF on 2 February 2016 stating:

  1. Asian Agri had conducted an investigation and its findings showed that the supply of illegal FFB mentioned in the report occurred a year ago, between January – April 2015. During our internal verification, which took place before we were made aware of EoF’s findings, we immediately took action against suppliers who violated Asian Agri’s sourcing policy by terminating their supply contracts in June 2015.
  2. We are committed to tracing all of our FFB sources and we have developed a sourcing policy to achieve that goal. Using ART and a landscape perspective to focus our efforts on sensitive regions and high-risk suppliers, we aim to deal with problem suppliers while seeking ways to protect expansion areas and other forest and peat zones not yet developed but potentially under threat.

We are in collaboration with our stakeholders to progressively map our supply chain from independent smallholders.

Asian Agri’s emphasis is on working with our suppliers and relevant stakeholders to find practical solutions to complex supply chain issues. Our complete response can be found here.

Following the publication of their report, Asian Agri has conducted a face-to-face clarification with EoF.

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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