In the News

Fire Prevention the Responsibility of All

By: Bambang Chriswanto Posted: January 26, 2017 Tags:

A collaborative, comprehensive and multi-stakeholder approach to fire prevention is key to the success of GAR’s long-term fire prevention strategy. As many as 17 villages – eight in West Kalimantan Province and nine in Jambi Province – were successful in preventing fires in their respective villages last year. They are determined to maintain their performance this year under an expanded programme called Desa Makmur Peduli Api. As a result of their commitment, these villages received incentives in the form of social infratructure aid from the Company. The communities will use the aid to to build schools, revamp public roads or renovate their community centres. GAR will continue to work with the central and regional governments to step up its fire prevention efforts in light of the uncertain weather conditions this year.

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Two of GAR’s business units received ISPO certifications

By: Wulan Suling Posted: December 13, 2016

GAR continues its sustainability journey with two new ISPO Certifications for their business units, namely PT Sinar Kencana Inti Perkasa and PT Bumi Sawit Permai. With these latest certifications, GAR closes out 2016 with a total of 30 mills and palm oil estates supplying fresh fruit bunches to the mills that have now been ISPO certified.  This represents the highest number of ISPO certifications being awarded in Indonesia for an integrated palm oil company with 182,296 hectares are now certified to ISPO as of December 2016. This is an important milestone on GAR’s overall sustainability journey as it provides assurances to its customers and stakeholders in regards to legality and compliance of its mills, estates, and entire supply chain. It also aids in the achievement of other internationally recognised sustainability standards like RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) and ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification).

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PT SMART In the News: Developing clean water project in Kapuas Hulu

By: GAR Posted: October 14, 2016

Over 1,000 residents of Mantan and Menapar Village in Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan will now have easy access to clean water following the completion and launch of a water supply system in PT Kartika Prima Cipta. It took about a year for the Company to complete the system which was built after assessing the needs of the community. This is part of our continued commitment to improve community welfare in areas where we operate.

Read more in this link.

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Vlog GAR in the News: “PT SMART hosts SMART SEED to improve sustainability practices”

By: GAR Posted: September 27, 2016

Last week, GAR held a workshop called SMART Seed for its suppliers in Medan, North Sumatera. The workshop, the second to be held this year, is part of the ongoing intensive engagement that GAR is carrying out with its suppliers to help them improve their sustainable practices.  The event brought together around 70 suppliers, government officials, NGOs and GAR’s Supplier Support Team to discuss getting ISPO certification and its role in sustainable palm oil.

See more in the video below by Tribunnews.

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Agri firms with sustainable practices may win the hearts of investors

By: GAR Posted: September 22, 2016

In my previous blogs I’ve been putting forward the view that investors and financial institutions are finally beginning to sit up and take notice of ESG or sustainability factors when it comes to putting their money in a company. Earlier this year, Morgan Stanley published a report urging investors to look at the sustainability performance of major palm oil companies, arguing that sustainability was no longer just a trendy, niche term but becoming part of the normal investor lexicon.

I’ve noted that this has been further cemented by the SGX move to make sustainability reporting mandatoryfrom 2017 financial year onwards.

The article below which first appeared in Business Times echoes this and shows us how important it is to continue to embed sustainability into our daily operations – it is no longer an optional extra.

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Golden Agri-Resources to Complete Internal Supply Chain Traceability Report by 2017

By: GAR Posted: September 16, 2016

One of GAR’s major initiatives to ensure that its supply chain is sustainable is to achieve 100 percent Traceability to the Plantation. Identifying our suppliers all the way to the individual farmer will help us know and understand their situation better. We are then able to help them address key challenges in adopting sustainable practices. These and other efforts on sustainability are highlighted in our Sustainability Report 2015.

Read more in the article below by Jakarta Globe.

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A quiet traceable revolution in the palm oil industry

By: GAR Posted: June 16, 2016

Golden Agri-Resources is the world’s second largest palm oil producer. Its managing director Agus Purnomo unravels the complexity of tracing palm oil supply chains and sheds light on how this will give birth to a more sustainable and resilient palm oil industry.

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