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Our primary aim is to protect eco-systems and use resources efficiently, so that we can create significant value for customers, shareholders and the environment.

Preventing Deforestation

We cleared no primary forest in 2020. Further, we recorded no degradation of High Conservation Value (HCV) land in the 12 month period.

Our Policy aims to prevent deforestation and conserve High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas. We commit to ensure that there is no new development in HCV areas within our operations and to buying palm oil from smallholders/external suppliers that does not originate from areas cleared of primary forest since 2011.

Prior to any new planting we use the HCS Approach Toolkit which allows estates to quantify carbon stocks of assets and gauge FPIC in the community.

Each HCV team has a formal dialogue process with relevant stakeholders about HCV land management, including monitoring, wildlife, signage, borders, and any disturbances.

In 2018 we conducted HCV and HCS assessments for 11 of our estates in South Sumatra, led by HCVRN Licensed Assessors and HCS Approach Registered Practitioner Organisations.

We will regularly communicate with employees and local communities living around our estates the importance of the HCV areas and the restriction of activities such as hunting, trapping or trafficking of wild animals within them or adjacent to them. The hunting and poaching of wildlife, including rare, threatened and endangered species are prohibited within our plantations.

Land Management: Peatland, Fire, and Land Rights


In the last 12 months our records show that new planting were avoided and water levels were maintained in peatlands under our control.

For established plantations, our Sustainable Agriculture Policy aims to ensure the implementation of Best Management Practices for peat to manage and improve the ecological functions of peatland within and adjacent to our concessions.

Where our assets are ISPO-certified, peatland is protected, and we meet the requirements of the new Indonesian Government Regulation (no. 71/2014) that prohibits activities that risk damage to peat, such as clearing new land for cultivation, cutting drainage channels that may dry out peat, and intentionally burning peatlands.

During a HCV assessment we do on-site work and then plan the monitoring and management required. Peat water measurement is part of the field work, along with signage, survey markings and species rehabilitation.

Our research team runs continuous water level monitoring in all of our estates. This includes peat subsidence measurement, GIS/GPS water level remote sensing, 3D flood risk modelling and water level forecasting. We have improved capture of overflow from roads for use as irrigation during drier periods; it also helps maintain the appropriate water depth depending on local circumstances.


During 2020, our analysis indicated an improved level of fire risk control on assets we manage. We delivered 27 fire control training days in 40 estates in 2020.

The way IndoAgri controls fires is systematic and reliant on local engagement. We have trained fire control teams and fire specialists on standby across all our plantations. Our estates are equipped with vehicles and equipment for firefighting. Our fire specialists are regularly trained in fire prevention and firefighting. Training is done in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the military, the police, and the local government.

We continued with the implementation of our community collaboration programs to build local capacity and knowledge to prevent fires. Since the launch of the program in 2016, we have engaged 60 local villages.

Land Rights

Every land transaction in which IndoAgri is involved complies with Indonesian law and our Sustainable Agriculture Policy. We remain steadfast in our commitment to manage operations that respect the principles of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

We continue our work to be a welcomed member of the community who actively engages with and listens to local stakeholders, while making a positive contribution.

During planting we aim to clarify land ownership and land rights. It makes good business sense to ensure that our process does not threaten supply resilience and ISPO certification process helps us to ensure that engagement, land rights and ownership are respected.

Also, community relations are part of HCV management, at the core of building trust and consent. Each HCV assessment and management team has a formal dialogue process with relevant stakeholders about HCV and land management.

Environmental Management and Operational Efficiency

Our Environmental Management Systems (EMS, which follows ISO14001), Enterprise Risk Management framework and Whistleblowing mechanism are in place to ensure compliance with the relevant requirements and manage environmental risks. As of 2020, 25 mills and 3 refineries have been certified to ISO 14001.


Some 98% of milling fuel is renewable. In 2020, the energy consumption per tonne of FFB processed at our mills decreased by 2% from 2.24 GJ/tonne in 2019 to 2.20 GJ/tonne in 2020.

We continue to consolidate good management practices on site. Our sustainability team is focused on resource efficiency and works with colleagues from Indofood Group. Supported by energy studies in 2016, the goal is to identify energy savings and earmark more sites with energy efficiency opportunities

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Our primary GHG emissions (65.8%) in 2020 are from peat emissions. These emissions are not a result of the disturbance of peat, but from its naturally occurring, low-level methane emissions. As most of the estates included in our scope of calculation are planted mostly in peat, peat accounts for the majority of our GHG emissions.

In addition to land conversion, which accounted for 12.5% of our emissions, other sources of GHG emissions are methane from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME), fuel usage in our mills and in the transport of FFB, chemical usage in mills and plantations, and nitrous oxide emission from fertilisers.

Emission related to transport of CPO to four refineries were maintained at the same level at 0.05 tonnes CO2e per tonne of CPO transported.


Water consumption is managed carefully at our oil palm and rubber operational sites. Our rubber and oil palm estates in tropical Indonesia are entirely watered by seasonal rainfall. At our refineries, 84% of water used is from municipal sources while 16% is groundwater. At our mill and rubber factories, 88% and 90% of water used respectively is from rivers, while the rest is from groundwater.


Demand for palm oil continues to grow globally, but oil palm is an efficient and high-yielding crop. We continue our efforts to maximise that yield at nucleus and plasma plantations and with independent smallholders.

Whilst we administer fertiliser during planting and replanting we also use leguminous cover crops to manage atmospheric nitrogen and improve the soil. We also recycle empty fruit branches (EFB) and POME for use as a soil improver. 89% of total volume fertiliser used in 2020 was organic.

We have stopped the use of Paraquat since the end of March 2018 in all of our operations. IndoAgri complies with government regulations (Komite Pestisida) on restricted pesticides.

Barn Owls. In 2017 we celebrated 20 years of breeding Barn Owls for natural, biological rodent control. Each year, some 9,500 owlets are produced in our Riau estates, for example.

Environment Goals

Click here to see our management approach and material topics. Certification is a key tool to help deliver on our Policy goals on deforestation, peatland, burning and human rights. Please see detail on sourcing targets.

List of Protected Species

Click here for the 2020 list of List of Protected Species.