Sustainability Policies & SOPs

Environmental Management

No development of and the conservation of High Carbon Stock forests

We will not develop HCS forest and will conserve all identified HCS in all our concessions.

We commit to championing the HCS Approach methodology overseen and being further developed by the HCS Approach Steering Group and promoting the adoption of this pioneering and innovative concept across the palm oil industry1.

We recognise that to conserve the HCS forests:

  • The Government of Indonesia, civil society organisations, indigenous peoples, local communities and other stakeholders must be engaged in the effort to conserve HCS. New regulations and relevant legislations should be in line with the HCS standard in order to enable the transformation of the palm oil industry.
  • All key players in the Indonesian palm oil industry should adopt HCS methodology.


No development of and the conservation of High Conservation Value areas

In line with our 4 February 2010 commitments, we will ensure that there is no conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas.

HCV will be managed in accordance with the procedures and guidelines endorsed by the prevailing Indonesian HCV Toolkit, or the recognised HCV toolkit for the country where the operations are located and the HCV Resource Network2. We will ensure that HCV studies are completed by credible service providers and the results of assessments made public. We will work with the broader stakeholder community to identify and engage appropriate experts whenever competent and credible HCV assessors are not readily available.


No development of and the conservation and management of peatlands of any depth

  • We will not develop any peatlands3 regardless of depth within our concessions.
  • We will adopt and implement Best Management Practices for peatlands, as developed by leading peat experts and in collaboration with stakeholders and communities, to manage the ecological functions of peatlands in our concessions and surrounding landscapes.
  • We will develop strategies for:
    • Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prevention of subsidence in existing plantations on peatlands
    • Long-term rehabilitation of peatlands
    • Conservation of forested peatlands and critical peatlands landscape


No burning for new plantings, replantings or other development

We maintain our long-standing no-burning policy. We commit to the strict enforcement of the policy in all our operations including preparation of new plantings, replantings or any other development.


Continuous yield improvement to reduce pressure on new land development without intensification of the use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers

We have a long-term commitment to scientific research. In particular, we are committed to continuous improvement to enhance the productivity of palm oil production in our estates as well as in smallholdings. Increasing productivity will reduce the pressure on new land opening and improve the livelihoods of smallholders.

We will continue to build on our best practices in planting material, agronomical practices, plantation management and land suitability.

We recognise concerns over the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides and aim to reduce and minimise their use. Through collaboration with national and international institutions we will phase out the use of hazardous chemicals. We will stop the use of paraquat.


Report and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We will identify, monitor and publicly report all sources of GHG emissions in all operations in accordance with international certifications’ principles and criteria. GHG emissions will be reduced progressively in all operations through the implementation of best management practices and action plans to achieve targeted reductions.


Improve Waste Management

Identify, reduce, reuse, recycle and dispose of waste in an environmentally responsible way


Improve Energy Efficiency

Promote energy efficiency across our operations.


Download our key targets and progress in 2018 here.