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On 6 June 2020, Mighty Earth released the Rapid Response Report 28. The report alleged PT Pipit Mutiara Indah (PT PMI), clearing 7 ha of forest in the concession 22 Dec 2019 to 20 April 2020.


June 2020

Apical seeks clarification from QL Oil Group on the allegations made in the report.

We received a letter dated 20 June 2020 from the company stated that it is committed on NDPE commitment. They have identified the non-compliant land clearing to NDPE policy in all its concessions based on result of land use change analysis including 5.84 ha between Jan – Feb 2020 in PT PIM. The list of LUCA results was determined via desktop analysis satellite imagery of the stipulated time period. The development of recovery plan will include a process to further finalize how the total non-compliant land clearing will be accounted for.

The QL Oil Group companies commit to work with Apical on the following:

  1. Implement an immediate group wide moratorium on land clearing and peatland development including an immediate management directive that operationalizes the group-wide moratorium through a stop work order effective immediately
  2. Acknowledge the total area of non-compliant development of forest or peatland areas post 31 December 2015 within the group’s entire concessions and commit to resolve the non-compliant development through the development and implementation of a comprehensive Recovery Plan 1. Non-compliant development includes deforestation or peatland areas developed post Dec 2015.
  3. Immediately halt all planting activities on non-compliant development areas cleared in 2019 (pending development of recovery plan)
  4. For any new development, commit to conduct integrated HCV-HCSA and follow the HCVRN’s ALS quality assurance process.
  5. Publish group wide NDPE policy or sign a group-wide agreement to comply with NDPE policy.
  6. Commit to develop and socialize new SOP in line with the adopted NDPE policy within 6 months
  7. Agree to provide maps (in an appropriate format) of the group’s entire concession to either a public monitoring platform or to the relevant supplier monitoring program (for the purpose of assessing the scale of non-compliant development and on-going monitoring
  8. Commit to report progress at least every 6 months in the first year then annually thereafter demonstrating compliance against above requirements.


Feb 2021:

QL Oil Group informed that the assessment at PT PMI still on-going and the report will be shared with Apical once completed. QL Oil is also in the midst of developing the NDPE policy.

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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