TFT and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) today published a report on labour and human rights impacts in Nestlé’s palm oil supply chain in Indonesia. The report, which was commissioned by Nestlé to better understand the existing and potential labour impacts of its palm oil supply chain, is based on findings from field work undertaken by DIHR and TFT in North Sumatra and Jambi, Indonesia. It contains several recommendations to strengthen companies’ and other stakeholders’ commitments to protecting workers and communities. As a result of the report, Nestlé and its main Indonesian supplier Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), whose suppliers were visited for the report, have developed action plans to address the challenges in their supply chains and make improvements in these areas.Read More
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Agus Purnomo, Managing Director for Sustainability and Strategic Stakeholder Engagement at Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), talks about Big Brother Technology .
Palm oil has been identified as a sector needing an “eye in the sky” approach given its past track record in contributing to global forest loss. Being able to react more quickly, preventing more harm that may have otherwise been possible without the Big Brother approach, is an important step forward. But for prevention, you need people.
A human-centric approach to the use of technology in agriculture remains necessary if we are to understand the motivations behind deforestation. That is why GAR invests not only in technology but in prevention and education efforts.Read More
The Sinarmas Group’s oil palm plantation business line, Golden Agri-Resources Limited, acquired a consulting and trading service company.
Citing information disclosure on the Singapore Exchange, Golden Agri has acquired 4,900 shares of PT Wahana Agung Persada with a nominal value of IDR 1,000 per share.Read More
Both Indonesia and Malaysia pledging to ramp up biodiesel consumption, the market is looking to see how committed the top producers are in ensuring their mandates get implemented. Golden Agri Resources Ltd., the world’s second-biggest grower, said last week that increased biofuel use will be the catalyst that eventually lifts palm prices.Read More
Palm oil has some advantages over other oils. The trees from which palm fruit is picked can grow fast, and this fruit has a high oil density. In general, less land is required to create similar quantities of palm oil when compared to other common oils, such as those derived from canola, soybean or coconut.
In an op-ed TriplePundit published earlier this month, Anita Neville, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Sustainability Relations at Golden Agri-Resources, argued that palm oil is sustainable primarily for this reason, citing a recent report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature stating that shifting away from palm oil would significantly increase the total land area used for vegetable oil production to meet global demand.Read More
Gotz Martin, head of sustainability implementation, Golden Agri-Resources, talks with Ian Welsh about what future sustainable smallholder farmer communities will look like, and the challenges for business in helping create them.Read More
“It is the responsibility of agriculture companies like GAR to educate the farming community on why a change in mindset will benefit them in the long term.” — Susanto Yang, CEO of West Kalimantan plantationsRead More
Golden Agri-Resources, is among the leaders in this process of change. We are committed to ensuring our operations have a no deforestation footprint and have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate. We are the first to admit that palm oil, as an industry, isn’t without its faults. However, good progress has been made in recent years to improve its sustainability. Of the many industries that have contributed to deforestation over the years, palm oil has made some of the greatest strides in addressing deforestation. GAR alone has set aside 72,000 hectares of conservation land, an area the size of Singapore.Read More
Gotz Martin, Head of Sustainability Implementation of Golden Agri Resources predict about sustainability rural communities on 2030, that there will be problems in the local communities as the youngs and brights move to the cities.
Also, Gotz speak about the current condition of palm oil’s smallholders: “The palm oil at the current pricing and the current yield, its probably just enough to survive, but definitely not enough to thrive.”
What we did are invested more on education to raise the overall skills and capacities and also to create an economic platform which attracts young people to in the villages they came fromRead More