From 27th February – 1st March 2018, a series of public consultations were held to communicate our sustainability commitments to some of Goodhope’s stakeholders, including government authorities, NGOs, media, buyers, suppliers and contractors.
Our major aims were to provide stakeholders with a better understanding of the company’s operations and to gain stakeholder feedback for improved policy implementation.
The first event was held in Sampit, Central Kalimantan, and included two core presentations:
- Franky Zamzani from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan (KLHK) presented information on peatland fire control.
- Mim Yudiarto from Goodhope presented information on the company’s sustainability (NDPE) commitments and approaches for implementation.
Participants included the heads of sub-districts; representatives from law enforcement bodies, business partners, including Golden Agri Resources (GAR), suppliers and contractors; and representatives from research institutes and NGOs including the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), and Orangutan Foundation International (OFI).
The event was attended by a number of media reporters and articles reporting on the subject were published in a number of local newspapers. The articles (written in Bahasa Indonesia) report on Goodhope’s commitments and the need for stronger multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance the efforts towards sustainable palm oil.
Public consultations on our sustainability commitments continued with two further sessions held on-site at plantation locations:
- At the Training Center of PT Agro Indomas Central Kalimantan on 28th February 2018
- At the Sports Hall of PT Agro Wana Lestari on 1st March 2018
These sessions provided information for local stakeholders, including community leaders, smallholders’ cooperatives, village heads and local suppliers and contractors. The topics presented focused on the company’s commitments to conservation, the prevention of exploitation and the development of a sustainable supply chain.
Stakeholders were introduced the ‘NDPE Self-Assessment’ checklist that we have developed as an improvement initiative which will ensure that the correct elements are checked to comply with each aspect of our Sustainability Policy.
The events provided ample opportunities for interactive discussions, and participants expressed constructive comments and ideas that will be taken on board to address stakeholders’ concerns and improve our practices.
Discussions delivered frequent reminders of the difficulties associated with policy implementation and the necessities of realizing our promises. Feedback from our stakeholders included the need to closely monitor the impact of corporate operations and apply adaptive management to ensure that the interests of local community are heeded by the company. There were also requests for more investment in community development programs.
We thank all stakeholders for their recommendations and contributions in supporting the implementation of our commitments. We have plans to extend the socialization program as part of our plans to improve engagement with local communities and suppliers.
We will build on this experience as an important stepping stone towards improved delivery of policy implementation.
Antara News 1st March: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=35&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjbuc2TsebZAhVCq48KHZg_A004HhAWCEkwBA&url=https://kalteng.antaranews.com/berita/278425/kebakaran-lahan-gambut-di-indonesia-menurun&usg=AOvVaw2NI-DP6E6lkfJM6_EgXrzS
InfoSAWIT 9th March: https://www.infosawit.com/news/7800/grup-goodhope-kembali-tegaskan-komitmen-berkelanjutan