Partnerships and Memberships

Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) believes that palm oil farming, done responsibly, is an effective way to create jobs and alleviate poverty, and provides opportunities for communities to secure better livelihoods. As one of the largest plantation companies in Indonesia, operating largely in rural and remote areas, we not only play an active role in the well-being of our employees, but also in the wider communities and landscapes where we operate.

GAR implements projects in the areas of environmental and biodiversity conservation and management, community and social development, smallholder development, and employee welfare.

Many of these are done with partners.  This allows GAR to harness the right expertise and resources to effectively execute, scale and sustain these projects. The partnership models are tailored to the needs of the projects.


Peat Rehabilitation Projects for Climate Change Mitigation

GAR, L’Oréal, and the SouthPole Group are collaborating to rehabilitate and conserve 2,000 hectares of degraded peatland in GAR’s subsidiary, PT AMNL.

Read the full case study here.

The project covers hydrological management and ecological restoration within the surrounding villages.

Aside from rehabilitating 2,000 hectares of peatland, 600 hectares will be allocated for sustainable livelihood programmes for nine villages surrounding the concession. The livelihood programmes help villagers grow more varied food crops and sell any excess in local markets to generate additional income.

Learn more here:

Blog: Alternative Livelihood
Blog: Peat Rehabilitation
Blog: Fire Prevention



Human Rights Assessment

GAR, in collaboration with Nestlé, the Danish Institute of Human Rights and Earthworm Foundation, conducted a labour assessment of four mills supplying one of GAR’s refineries, PT SMART Tbk Belawan.

The project aimed to assess the current conditions and implementation of labour regulations within five Nestle-GAR suppliers located across both Sumatra, Riau, and Kalimantan.

We mapped and identified independent farmers and their sources of alternative incomes, and we are now helping them look for partners to scale their farming.


Danish Institute of Human Rights

Smallholder Mapping Project

GAR signed an MOU with one of its major customers, Neste, to help boost independent smallholder sustainability. The project is based in Indonesia and will focus on a group of farmers in the Siak District in the Riau province. The two parties are collaborating to enable Smallholder Group Certification for the supply of certified palm oil. The project will help independent farmers adopt sustainable practices and gain wider market access, in line with the objectives of the companies’ sustainability policies.

Learn more here:

Interview: Independent Smallholder Certification
Interview: Partnerships with customers to address challenges in the palm oil industry


Smallholder Support Project

GAR, Nestlé, and the Earthworm Foundation are working together to support smallholders in Langga Payung, Sumatra. We mapped smallholder estates and trained three villages in Participatory Land Use Mapping techniques to build capacity for the communities.

We also conducted training on the use of locally available materials to make organic fertiliser and best agricultural techniques to improve yields and soil health. Farmers were empowered to share their knowledge with other community members too.

We established a sample plot for horticulture projects to help promote livelihood diversification and food security. New crops include sweet corn, tomatoes, red beans, peanuts, onion, and rice.

Learn more here: Smallholder Rurality Project


Community-Owned Coffee Farms

One of GAR’s sustainability initiatives is to build rural resilience to help ensure food security while conserving ecosystems. The Forest Village Conservation project in Gunung Mas and Seruyan Districts includes the development and improvement of organic farming and coffee cultivation.

To date, four villages (two villages in Gunung Mas District and two villages in Seruyan District) have received technical and financial assistance from GAR and our partner, Wageningen University (WUR) to develop more areas for organic farming and coffee.

Coka Coffee (a coffee buyer, processor and trader) was brought in to develop the SESAMA programme where farmers are trained on Sustainable Agricultural Practices (SAP) for coffee cultivation and taught to prepare land without fire.

Village heads are assisted to develop a conservation plan, which aims to tap ecosystem services from protected areas.

Learn more here:

Blog: Supporting villages to protect forests 


Moringa Project

In 2014, PT Kartika Prima Cipta (PT KPC) collaborated with the Dian Desa Foundation to help surrounding communities cultivate moringa plants, process, and market the end-products. By 2019, the communities planted more than 23,000 seedlings and are producing moringa products such as leaf powder, branch powder, seed powder, and seed skin powder to sell.

This is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, which also includes piloting organic farming plots and other activities to expand and diversify income sources of communities.


Decent Rural Living Initiative

The Decent Rural Living Initiative (DRLI) was launched in 2017. GAR along with Wilmar, Sime Darby, Cargill, and Musim Mas has been working to explore collaborative ways to address human rights and labour related issues within the sector (with initial support from Forum for the Future) to map out the areas of focus.

First work strand phase:

  1. Development of a sector-specific Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) (GAPKI led)
  2. Focus on women and family well-being
  3. Awareness of rights
  4. ICT as an enabling platform

Second phase pilots:

  1.   Evaluating and improving the impact of Gender Committees
  2.   Contract innovation
  3.   Multi-company CBA

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Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA)

The Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) is a global public-private partnership in which partners take voluntary actions, individually and in combination, to reduce the tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp. GAR is an active member of the TFA working group.


GAR is a member of AVPN; working to explore impact investments and partnerships to scale our current sustainability and CSR projects.

As the only comprehensive funders’ network in Asia, AVPN is a leading ecosystem builder for the social investment sector with 590+ members globally. AVPN’s mission is to catalyse the movement toward a more strategic, collaborative and outcome-focused approach to social investing, ensuring that resources are deployed as effectively as possible to address key social challenges facing Asia today and in the future.


PISAgro aims to promote the value of public-private partnership as a cost-effective way of delivering multiple benefits for wider society in Indonesia.

GAR is part of the PISAgro working groups to support agricultural output to contribute to 20 percent reduction of carbon emission and improve smallholder farmers’ income by 20 percent.

PISAgro has 10 working groups and they are coffee, cocoa, beef cattle, palm oil, horticulture, corn, potato, rubber, soybeans, and dairy.

Global Agribusiness Alliance (GAA)

GAA is an international, CEO-led, private sector alliance committed to harnessing the collective strengths of the global agri-business sector to tackle environmental, social and sustainability challenges to improve the resilience of farmers across the world.  GAR contributed to the publication of a case study on Participatory Conservation Planning Methodology.