On 24 November 2016, Foresthints News published a news regarding PT DGS, claimed to be a subsidiary of PT Tunas Baru Lampung Tbk (TBLA) has performed new planting in last year burned peatlands targeted for peat restoration, in the province of South Sumatera, Indonesia.
On 28 November 2016, another news published by Foresthints News, reported the investigation actions taken by Indonesia’s Ministry of the Environment and Forestry on this grievance. It is stated in the news that, “Two director generals of the ministry concluded from the results of the field investigation that PT DGS, a subsidiary of PT Tunas Baru Lampung Tbk (TBLA), has failed to comply legally with the terms of its permit granted by the ministry in 2012.”
On 19 December 2016, Chain Reaction Research published a report “2016 Sustainability Benchmark: Indonesian Palm Oil Growers”. Allegations were made against PT TBLA for clearing forests and/or peatlands.
01 December 2016: Apical requested for clarification from PT Tunas Baru Lampung Tbk (TBLA) on the allegations.
08 December 2016: Apical received clarification letter from PT TBLA, stated in denial of any new planting on burned peatlands, and the operations of plantation is run in compliance with the location permit obtained from the ministry.
11 July 2017: Apical engaged with Sungai Budi Group on latest update of the case, Apical continues engaging with Sungai Budi Group with a letter to demand that:
- There must not be oil palm planting on the concession where the permit was granted for sugarcane (PT DGS);
- Any land clearing on peatland related to palm oil operations must cease immediately;
- A time-bound action plan to rectify the current situation; and
- A grievance verification visit to the implicated concessions.
We will closely monitor further development of the case.
Apical has stop sourcing from Sungai Budi group while continue to monitor the development of the allegation.