Sustainability Report 2017

In line with UN SDG 12 which encourages companies to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle, we have progressively continued to update how we report and engage with our stakeholders in an open and transparent manner. 

Our Sustainability Reports are guided by international best practice. We are reporting based on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards Reporting Guidelines (Core Option).

We are committed to working towards the full assurance of the information presented in our Sustainability Reports. For SR2015, we have taken the step to have the calculation of our GHG emissions for our subsidiary in Indonesia, PT SMART Tbk (SMART), independently verified by EY.

View the GHG Verification Statement.

In addition to our annual Sustainability Report, we participate in other disclosure platforms such as CDP. See our 2018 CDP disclosures which incorporate Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures (TCFD) guidelines and recommendations. 

GAR Climate Change 2018

GAR Forests 2018

GAR Water 2018

Material Issues

Our assessment of material issues informs our sustainability strategy and management approach, as well as our reporting on sustainability.

In 2017, we conducted an in-depth materiality assessment across our entire value chain, This exercise built on our previous assessment in 2015. The result of the assessment is a prioritised list of 19 sustainability issues. Click here to see a summary of our materiality process which is described fully in our Sustainability Report 2017.

Responsible Palm Oil on the Ground

Traceability at GAR

"Traceability it very important to us. For us, traceability is about knowing the legal status of the land, and we understand that this is very important for our future." – Abdul Gafur, Palm Oil Farmer

Employee safety at GAR

“Even one incident is one too many. I want to minimise the risks further, even eliminate them altogether.” - Eka Syamsiah Hidayah Nasution, Environment, Health, Fire & Safety Inspector

Commitment to United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact  is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals.

GAR, through its subsidiary SMART has subscribed to the UN Global Compact principles since 2006. In 2018, GAR became a signatory, signifying our continuing commitment.

We progressively incorporate the ten principles as well as align ourselves with the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the way we do business. This, together with our commitments to responsible palm oil production and human rights contained in the GAR Social and Environmental Policy (GSEP), helps make us a better corporate citizen. As an active participant of the UN Global Compact, our Sustainability Reports serve as our Communication on Progress (COP) to the UN Global Compact.