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On 6 December 2019, Mighty Earth released the Rapid Response Report 22. The report claimed PT RIM Capital (PT RC), a subsidiary of Goodhope of clearing 39 ha of forest between 11 September 2019 and 2 November 2019.


December 2019

Upon receiving the report, Goodhope immediately conducted field investigation. It found that on the clearance location (-2.661, 112,231), the land clearing is outside of the concession. Meanwhile, in the location (-2.689, 112.227), PT RIM has not conducted any land clearance since 2012 and the land clearing mentioned in the report occurred as a result of land fires on community-owned areas. Goodhope has made and submitted a report to local authorities on the land fires that occurred in the vicinity of PT RIM Capital. According to Goodhope, the local authority acknowledged the report and recognized the company’s efforts to take immediate measures to extinguish and contain the fires.

Goodhope further clarified that the company has no intention or plan to acquire the land due to the land owners are not interested to relinquish it as well as it is a peat soil land thus it will be against the company NDPE policy. It also explained that PT RIM has no plan for new plantings at the concession.

To prevent and mitigate the landfires and forest loss issue in the future, PT. RIM Capital is planning to support conservation of surrounding forest and mitigation of land fires through a number of initiatives, including:

  • Community fire awareness training and development of early detection and warning system
  • Mapping land ownership and working together with the land owners on the prevention and control of fire threats.
  • Demarcation of fire-prone areas and high risk areas.
  • Working with local authority on the conservation of forest areas and mitigation of threats.

The response can be found here.

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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