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.
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.
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.
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 clearing new land for cultivation, cutting drainage channels that may dry out peat, intentionally burning peatlands and other activities that risk damage to peat.
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 90 local villages.
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.
Our Environmental Management Systems (EMS, which follows ISO 14001), Enterprise Risk Management framework and Whistleblowing mechanism are in place to ensure compliance with the relevant requirements and manage environmental risks. In 2022, we have 26 mills and 3 refineries certified against ISO 14001 standard.
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.
There was a decrease in total emissions from mills and estate operations by 2% from 2021 to 2022. This decrease is predominantly due to the implementation of an energy saving program at our palm oil factories which has optimized the efficiency of our boilers.
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 (EFBs) and palm oil mill effluent (POME) for use as a soil improver and compost. In our estates, we ensure appropriate intervals between fertilizer applications and avoid applying fertilisers during heavy rain.
We have stopped the use of Paraquat since March 2018 in all of our operations. IndoAgri complies with government regulations (Komite Pestisida) on restricted pesticides.
* Increase was due to enhancement of weed control during the prolonged rainy season, and for replanting activities requiring more herbicides/insecticides to support immature plant growth.
Click here for the 2022 list of List of Protected Species.