GAR Sustainability Dashboard

Sustainability is an integral part of our business. Because we understand that being a sustainable palm oil company requires a consistent and holistic approach, in 2015 we combined our Forest Conservation, Social and Community Engagement and Yield Improvement policies into a single GAR Social and Environment Policy known as GSEP.

  • > 480,000 ha
    Planted Area
  • 79%
    21 %
  • 2.51 m T
    Palm production
  • 45
    Mills Owned
  • 29
  • 429
    Supplier mills
  • 100 %
    Traceability to the Mill
  • 29
    GAR mills full Traceability
    to the Plantation

Conservation and biodiversity

72,000 ha
of conservation area – 18,800 ha HCS, 53,200 ha HCV

100 orangutans
released since 2011

Community engagement and partnership

64 villages completed
Participatory Mapping

10 villages
in protection-production partnership



259,612 ha plantations
(including 51,149 ha smallholder plantations), 29 mills,
9 kernel crushing plants, 5 refineries, 7 bulking stations and 1 oleochemical plant


291,351 ha plantations
(including 57,755 ha smallholder plantations), 29 mills,
2 kernel crushing plants, 5 refineries and 14 bulking stations


198,072 ha plantations
32 mills

GAR Sustainability Milestones

  1. Zero Burning Policy

    Jul 1997

    GAR becomes first Indonesian palm oil producer to adopt Zero Burning Policy to tackle regional haze pollution

  2. RSPO membership

    Jan 2005

    GAR subsidiary PT SMART joins Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

  3. Peat policy

    Feb 2010

    GAR adopts no development on peat policy

  4. Forest Conservation Policy

    Feb 2011

    GAR launches pioneering Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) – the first in the palm oil sector

  5. RSPO membership

    Apr 2011

    GAR joins RSPO

  6. Sustainability reporting

    May 2011

    GAR publishes first Sustainability Report in accordance with GRI Reporting guidelines

  7. Social Policy

    Nov 2011

    GAR launches Social and Community Engagement Policy (SCEP) to complement FCP

  8. Yield Improvement Policy

    Feb 2012

    GAR and SMART launch Yield Improvement Policy (YIP) focusing on R&D to boost yields and productivity

  9. High Carbon Stock Approach pilot

    Mar 2013

    GAR and SMART roll out HCS Approach pilot project

  10. Supply chain inclusion

    Feb 2014

    GAR extends scope of sustainability policies to cover downstream operations and supply chain

  11. Boosting transparency

    May 2014

    GAR launches Sustainability Dashboard to report on sustainability progress

  12. International commitment

    Sep 2014

    GAR endorses New York Declaration on Forests

  13. Participatory mapping initiative

    Mar 2015

    GAR rolls our Participatory Mapping as part of Free, Prior and Informed Consent process

  14. HCS Approach Toolkit

    Apr 2015

    GAR together with HCS Approach Steering Group publish toolkit to help other companies implement HCS

  15. Updated policy

    Sep 2015

    GAR updates and publishes roadmap on sustainability in the GAR Social and Environmental Policy (GSEP)

  16. Peat rehabilitation

    Nov 2015

    GAR launches peat rehabilitation project covering over 2000ha in aftermath of 2015 fire season

  17. Community Conservation Partnerships

    Nov 2015

    GAR begins protection-production partnership consultations with communities to achieve practical forest conservation

  18. Knowing our suppliers

    Dec 2015

    GAR achieves full Traceability to the Mill – 100 percent mapping of supply chain to the mill – key to knowing and helping suppliers become more responsible

  19. Working with community to prevent fire

    Feb 2016

    GAR launches Desa Siaga Api – collaborative support and training programme with local communities to help them stay fire-free

  20. Deepening engagement with suppliers

    Apr 2016

    GAR rolls out Traceability to Plantation Plan – mapping of supply chain to the origin – GAR mills to complete by end 2017 and external suppliers by end 2020

  21. GAR expands fire-free programme into Desa Makmur Peduli Api

    Jan 2017

    GAR expands fire-free programme - Desa Makmur Peduli Api focuses on fire prevention, conservation and food security

  22. GAR debuts on DJSI

    Sep 2017

    GAR debuts on Dow Jones Sustainability Indices – included in DJSI Asia-Pacific based on its corporate sustainability achievements

The GSEP is the roadmap guiding us on our sustainability journey we share with our employees, smallholders, suppliers, and customers as we work together to realise GAR's vision of a sustainable palm oil industry