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5Sep

Partnerships to advance sustainable palm oil – how the GAR Social and Environmental Policy aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Partnerships are absolutely key for GAR to move forward on our sustainability journey. You can read all about this in our latest Sustainability Report 2015 which is based on the theme “Initiate, Collaborate, Innovate – … Continue reading “Partnerships to advance sustainable palm oil – how the GAR Social and Environmental Policy aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals”

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2Sep

ISPO certification – the way to sustainable palm oil in Indonesia

Palm oil is an essential contributor to the Indonesian economy and rural livelihoods in particular. But it has also faced increasing international scrutiny over its sustainability. In 2009, the Indonesian government created a national sustainability … Continue reading “ISPO certification – the way to sustainable palm oil in Indonesia”

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29Aug

2015 Sustainability Report: Tracking our sustainability progress

It’s taken months of preparation and the collaboration of many colleagues and departments within GAR/PT SMART to produce our 2015 Sustainability Report which covers events in 2014 and 2015. Finally with the report going live, … Continue reading “2015 Sustainability Report: Tracking our sustainability progress”

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26Aug

SMART picks up three sustainability awards

Last night, GAR’s subsidiary, PT SMART Tbk (SMART) received three sustainability awards at two high-profile events in downtown Jakarta. “SMART aims to complete RSPO certification by 2020, and commit to forestry conservation and protection in … Continue reading “SMART picks up three sustainability awards”

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22Aug

Ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals – 5

In our continuing series on SDGs and the GSEP, we’re taking a look at SDG17: Revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development. At GAR we have a long history of partnering with many of our … Continue reading “Ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals – 5”

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19Aug

Video: Commemorating International Orangutan Day

August 19 is International Orangutan Day. These primates are currently facing a dire future and considered an endangered species. At GAR/PT SMART we believe in protecting the rich biodiversity found in our concessions and are … Continue reading “Video: Commemorating International Orangutan Day”

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15Aug

Women as agents of change on fire prevention

Women are very powerful agents of change – this is something that really struck me during a two-week volunteer training trip in West Kalimantan recently. If we want to tackle forest fires effectively, we need … Continue reading “Women as agents of change on fire prevention”

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12Aug

Our employees working to prevent fires as Indonesia’s dry season sets in

As we move towards the height of the dry season in Indonesia, our employees are continuing to work to prevent fires starting in and around our estates in line with our long-standing Zero Burning Policy … Continue reading “Our employees working to prevent fires as Indonesia’s dry season sets in”

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8Aug

In June, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) held their annual European conference in Milan. Members gathered to discuss improvements in the RSPO Principles and Criteria and reported on national efforts to increase demand … Continue reading “Impressions from the RSPO EU Roundtable 2016: palm oil end users usher in a new phase of sustainability activism”

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