• Environmental Standards

No Deforestation

No new plantation development until we:

  • Identify and effectively protect areas of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) within our land bank.
  • Adhere with the definitions and integrated approach set out by the HCV Resource Network and HCS Approach Steering Group.
  • Develop and implement a Remediation and Compensation Program (ReCoP) to deliver tangible and long-term benefits to conservation and local communities, and to indemnify some of past harm caused by our operations.

No Peat

  • No new plantation development on peat land, regardless of depth.
  • Implementing Best Management practices for existing plantations on peat, including maintenance of ground water levels at maximum 40 centimeters and placement of piezometers at every 50 hectare block.
  • Restoration and protection of natural vegetation on remaining peat within our plantations, where appropriate or sustainable.
  • Collaborate with our local neighbors to explore economic value in peat areas or domes and to coordinate appropriate groundwater management to slow down peat subsidence and contain fire outbreak risks and preventions.

No Exploitation

  • No exploitation of workers, women, children, suppliers, smallholders, indigenous people, and/or other communities.
  • Secure, prior to any activity that may affect indigenous peoples' and local communities' rights, land, resources, territories, livelihoods, and food security, their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) in a culturally appropriate manner, in accordance with their traditions, norms, and values and through the representatives and institutions they choose.
  • Respect and recognition of the rights of all workers, including temporary workers.
  • Zero tolerance on child labor employment, discrimination, sexual harassment and other forms of abuse.
  • Provide a conducive work environment that includes common facilities like place of worship, housings, child-care centers, clinics, educational institutions and sport facilities.
  • Protect the security of environment and human rights defenders, whistle blowers, and community spokespersons to ensure their anonymity when requested.
  • Recognize and respect the right of all workers to form or to become member of labour unions.

Zero Burning & Fire Prevention

  • No intentional burning on plantations that we control.
  • No acquisition of land (through crop and land compensation, or GRTT) that burnt after July 1st 2018.
  • No procurement of Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) from oil palms planted on land that burnt after July 1st 2018.
  • Daily fire monitoring program (Hot Spot Monitoring & Fire Danger Rating) and immediate vicinity.
  • All plantations are equipped with fire prevention tools in the event of any fire outbreak.
  • Actively engage local communities in initiatives of fire and haze prevention through the Desa Siaga Api (D-SIGAP) program. To strengthen our efforts, we will apply for membership of the Fire Free Alliance (FFA).
  • Consistent reporting in of any fire incidents to the appropriate government agencies.

Transparency & Accountability

  • Publish a bi-lingual Sustainability Report every two years.
  • Develop a Social and Economic Impact Dashboard.
  • In the event of conflicting land claims and other complaints and grievances, we will ensure that a mutually agreed and transparent grievance mechanism will be followed, be it a governmental and/or company grievance mechanism.
  • We will work in a fair and transparent manner to resolve verifiable complaints and conflicts with all parties through transparent grievance mechanism system to ensure that all grievance and conflicts are dealt and handled properly.
  • We will record adequate documentary evidence of the settlement reached that will be accessible to all the stakeholders.
  • We appoint company's representative that has authority to settle disputes, engage and address concerns raised by NGOs, local communities, and government.

Traceability

  • Regularly update maps of the location of our plantations, provided that the boundaries are uncontested.
  • Develop, trial and implement systems to track and trace our FFB supplies to mill (Tracing of our FFB suppliers to Mills).
  • We shall not source knowingly from suppliers who are not in compliance with this Sustainability Policy.

Certifications

  • Gama Plantation will have all plantations and mills certified under the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) scheme by 2020.

Re-Engagement Policy

  • Non-compliant third party suppliers of FFB to our mills will be subject to a re-engagement policy that will include sustainability education, mentoring, technical assistance, field visits, and valuation of their commitments to achieving sustainable practices.

Green Financing

  • In the future, we strive to apply for financial services that are bounded to sustainability deliveries (green bonds and loans) from financial institutions that are willing to be part of our journey towards sustainability.