Peat and Soil Protection

Regular water management monitoring
Peat and Soil Protection

Apical Group is committed to no new development on peat areas with 65% organic soil or more, regardless of the depth.

Through supplier engagement and customised workshops and programmes, we encourage and support our suppliers to adopt best management practices on peat in pre-existing plantations as defined by RSPO and peat experts, effective water management to maximise oil palm yield and minimise GHG emissions in existing peat estates.

We provide guidance on proper water table management and implementation of water management monitoring plans, ensuring that water table depth is maintained at appropriate levels. We also continuously collaborate with stakeholders and community experts to explore options for long-term restoration or alternative use, in areas where existing peat is unsuitable for replanting.

Our commitment to best management practices in both peat and soil management in our supply chain extends to all our suppliers in accordance with the RSPO Principles & Criteria. In particular, we communicate good practices on enhancing soil fertility, minimizing soil erosion and degradation for enhanced productivity with our suppliers. We also recommend avoidance of extensive planting on marginal and fragile soils if necessary.

Pesticides that are categorised as World Health Organisation Class 1A or 1B, or that are listed by the Stockholm or Rotterdam Conventions, and paraquat, are prohibited to be used by all suppliers, unless in exceptional circumstances, as validated by a due diligence process, or when authorised by government authorities for pest outbreaks. Our commitment to minimise the use of chemicals, including pesticides and chemical fertilisers applies to all suppliers.