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SOCIALIZATION OF SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENTS

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:

  1. Franky Zamzani from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan (KLHK) presented information on peatland fire control.
  2. 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).

Media Coverage

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.

Stakeholder Feedback

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.

 

Links:

Kalamanthana 27th February: http://www.kalamanthana.com/2018/02/27/agro-grup-sosialisasikan-kebijakan-sustainibility-industri-sawit/

Seruyan News 28th February: https://www.seruyannews.com/goodhope-berkomitmen-nol-deforestasi-nol-gambut-dan-nol-eksploitasi/

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

Kalteng Independen 3rd March (i): http://kaltengindependen.com/fokus/goodhope-holdings-komitmen-terapkan-perkebunan-ramah-lingkungan/

Kalteng Independen 3rd March (ii): http://kaltengindependen.com/foto/sosialisasi-kebijakan-sustainability-ndpe-policy-grup-goodhope/

InfoSAWIT 8th March: https://www.infosawit.com/news/7796/direktur-goodhope-tegaskan-terapkan-sawit-berkelanjutan

InfoSAWIT 9th March: https://www.infosawit.com/news/7800/grup-goodhope-kembali-tegaskan-komitmen-berkelanjutan

InfoSAWIT 10th March: https://www.infosawit.com/news/7803/kemitraan-sawit-multi-pihak-perkuat-keberadaan-grup-goodhope

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Sustainability Journey - February 2018 - Issue No.10

Goodhope strives to continue to make positive progress towards sustainable
development by identifying gaps in the implementation of our Sustainability
Policy and by carrying out appropriate corrective action.

For more Information please read Sustainability Journey - February 2018

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COMMENCING THE DEVELOPMENT OF PT NABIRE BARU ‘MINI MILL’

The development of PT Nabire Baru palm oil mill is intended to enable the processing of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) up to a capacity of 15 MT/hr.

Customary Ritual Ceremony

A customary ritual ceremony was held on 24th January 2018 at the site of the proposed mill to mark the inception of land preparation. The event was held to fulfil the customary traditions in the region and to verify community support for the establishment of a mill.  Approximately 200 people attended the event, including representatives from local government agencies, local communities and religious leaders.

Public Consultation

As part of the mill development plan, Goodhope organized a public consultation to provide stakeholders with information on mill construction, the processing of FFB and the environment and social issues related to mill activity. 176 participants attended the meeting including community representatives and other concerned stakeholders.

Mill construction will proceed in compliance with the Yerisiam Community terms of agreement (link to Exception to ‘Stop Work Order’ granted to allow for the development of a ‘mini mill’ by PT Nabire Baru and is expected to be completed in October 2018.

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Sustainability Journey January 2018 - Issue No.9

We are now looking forward to making 2018 a successful year by continuing
to make further positive progress in implementing our Sustainability Policy.
We continue to review and update our Sustainability Policy Implementation
Plan and have developed aims and objectives in order to fulfil our
commitments. In this edition of our monthly report, we provide updates on
recent progress and planned activities.

For more Information please read Sustainability Journey - January 2018

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SUBMISSION OF HCV ASSESSMENTS

HCV assessment for Goodhope subsidiaries in Sintang region, West Kalimantan (PT Sinar Sawit Andalan and PT Sumber Hasil Prima) have been completed by assessors from the ecological consultancy firm Re-Mark Asia. The completed report has been submitted to the High Conservation Value Resource Network (HCVRN) for Quality Panel Review, well ahead of the deadline that was set as 31st January 2018.

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Sustainability Journey November 2017 - Issue No.7

In this monthly newsletter we report on our ‘Sustainability Journey’ and
provide information on recent activities that have been undertaken in order
to fulfill our social and environmental commitments.

For more Information please read Sustainability Journey - November 2017

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COLLABORATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT LANDSCAPE PROGRAM IN WEST KALIMANTAN

Goodhope is working with Aidenvironment with the aim of developing and implementing an integrated conservation and land-use landscape management plan in the Ketapang district, West Kalimantan. The aim is to work together with local communities and the West Kalimantan Provincial Government to develop spatial management plans for sustainable alternative livelihood programs that are in line with community aspirations.

The management plan will be based on a review of HCV, HCS and Social Impact Assessments and Community Baseline Surveys incorporating Focus Group Discussions inclusive of all local communities.

Workshop on Legalization of Conservation Areas and Acceleration of Agrarian Reform in Ketapang District

Goodhope was among the private sector companies to participate in a workshop on the importance of land legalization, provision of forest management rights and management of conservation in the Ketapang district, West Kalimantan. The two-day workshop was held in Bogor, on December 5th – 6th 2017 and was coordinated by Aidenvironment. Key issues were presented and discussed relating to the Ketapang district government plans to implement the priorities of the agrarian reform policy, which aims to provide economic equity for all people. The meeting included representatives from The Ministry of Environment and Forestry and The Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning, from the Ketapang district.

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SUBMISSION OF LAND USE CHANGE ANALYSIS (LUCA)

Goodhope has submitted Land Use Change Analysis (LUCA) Reports for its subsidiaries in Sintang region, West Kalimantan. The LUCA reports for PT Sinar Sawit Andalan (SSA) and PT Sumber Hasil Prima (SHP) were completed by the ecological consultancy firm Aksenta and have been submitted to RSPO on 28th November 2017, well ahead of the deadline that was set as 31st January 2018.

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Sustainability Journey October 2017 - Issue No.6

In this 6th issue of our monthly sustainability report we include an overview on some of our activities over the last four weeks, focusing on the following areas:

  • Engagement and Training
  • Completion of Assessments
  • Verification of the Legal Compliance of PT Nabire Baru
  • High Carbon Stock Approach for High Forest Landscape Project Proposal
  • Yerisiam Gua Community Grievance Settlement Procedures

 

For more Information please read Sustainability Journey - October 2017

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Sustainability Journey September 2017 - Issue No.5

This is the fifth issue of our monthly report 'Sustainability Journey' in which we outline our actions in
addressing grievances and our progress in improving our sustainability practices. Key achievements
over the past month include:
• Completion of Land Use Change Analysis (LUCA) of PT Batu Mas Sejahtera (BMS) and PT Sawit
Makmur Sejahtera (SMS) in Ketapang and timely submission of reports to the RSPO Secretariat.
• Completion of HCV and HCS assessments at PT Nabire Baru and PT Sariwana Adi Perkasa in
Papua and public consultations on the results.
• Commencement of HCV and HCS assessments at PT Sumber Harapan Prima and PT Sinar Sawit
Andalan in Sintang.
• Progress in using the RSPO Dispute Settlement Facility (DSF) as a means to conclusively resolve
the complaint by Yayasan Pusaka to RSPO.
• Completion of the review of the Legal Compliance of PT Nabire Baru.
• Participation in collaborative projects that aim to improve practices, including the UNICEF
Children Rights and Business Principles Palm Oil Program.

For more Information please read Sustainability Journey - September 2017 

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Sustainability Journey August 2017 - Issue No.4

Sustainability Journey - August 2017 

The update highlight the following progress:

  • Progress in the settlement of grievances with the local community of Yerisiam Gua in Nabire, Papua.
  • Headway in meeting the requirements for completing environmental assessments in seven subsidiary companies of Goodhope in Nabire, Papua; Ketapang & Sintang, West Kalimantan.
  • Timely submission of Landuse Change Analysis (LUCA) reports on PT Nabire Baru and PT Sariwana Adi Perkasa in Nabire and PT Agrajaya Baktitama in Ketapang.
  • Socialization of NDPE policies to suppliers and local communities in Nabire, Papua.
  • Addressing the issue of compliance of PT Nabire Baru with the AMDAL or environmental permits and licenses

 

 

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Sustainability Journey - Monthly Update - July 2017

Monthly update progress made upto July 15, 2017

Sustainability-Journey-Updates-July-2017.pdf

 

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Sustainability Journey - Monthly Update - June 2017

Monthly update progress made upto June 15, 2017

Sustainability-Journey-Updates-June-2017.pdf

 

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Sustainability Journey - Monthly Update - May 2017

Sustainability Journey - Monthly Update - Progress Made Up To May 15, 2017

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Publication of Goodhope Sustainability Policy

Publication of Goodhope Sustainability Policy

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Goodhope's response to Greenpeace Palm Oil alert Bulletin

Response on Greenpeace Palm Oil Alert.pdf

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Status update from Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd on the Greenpeace Report entitled "Deadly Trade-Off, IOI's Palm Oil Supply and its Human and Environmental Costs," on Social and Environmental Complaints regarding its subsidiary PT Nabire Baru

The following response was issued by the Chief Operating Officer of PT Agro Harapan Lestari, Managing Agents for Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd

Letter from COO;

Status-Update-on-Greenpeace-report----Letter-from-COO---2-Dec-2016.pdf

Supporting documents to letter issued by COO;

Attachment-1.pdf

Attachment-2.pdf

Attachment-3.pdf

Attachment4_Part-1-to-5.pdf

Attachment-4_Daftar-Pustaka.pdf

Attachment-5.pdf

 

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Goodhope's response to the Greenpeace report on IOI's 3rd party supply chain commitments violation

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RSPO Certification Announcement

PT Agro Wana Lestari (our subsidiary plantation company) in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia is pleased to announce that we are in process to obtain the RSPO Certification for our Bukit Santuai Mill. The audit will be performed by BSI.

For further detail please check RSPO website:

http://www.rspo.org/uploads/default/pnc/Public_Notification_PT_Agro_Wana_Lestari_Bukit_Santuai_Mill_(English)_Rev_8.pdf

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Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd wins a Silver Award at the 6th HRM Awards 2014

b2ap3_thumbnail_HRM2014.jpgIn recognition of the Goodhope Group’s quality Human Resource Management practices, Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd won a Silver Award in the overall category at the 6th consecutive HRM Awards Ceremony held on March 6th, 2015 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Sri Lanka. 

The HRM Awards 2014 is a biennial event organized since 2002 by the Association of Human Resource Professionals (HRP), whose membership is made up of HR professionals and practitioners from leading organizations in Sri Lanka. This edition of HRM awards was undertaken in collaboration with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which is the largest not-for-profit HR body in the world with over 275,000 members in 160 countries. The SHRM acted as the technical partner for the HRP.

The awards aim to provide a platform for public and private sector companies to evaluate the effectiveness of their human resource management practices against internationally accepted standards and guidelines. The HRM Award is also considered a benchmark for industry best practices for Human Resource Practices in Sri Lanka.

To be considered for an Award, all companies go through a rigorous and stringent evaluation process. A comprehensive preliminary evaluation and screening is carried out by understanding the HR practices, policies and processes followed by the Company covering areas such as HR Strategy, Talent Acquisition & On-boarding, Talent Management, Performance Management, Talent Development, Rewards & Recognition, Work Environment, and Human Resource Operations & HR Metrics.

This is then substantiated by a comprehensive presentation made by the Company followed by an on-site audit undertaken by a team of technical experts from SHRM. The on-site audit includes one-on-one interviews with the CEO, key management personnel and a cross section of staff categories, validation of key HR practices and link to business strategy, and further silent observations on organizational climate and employee behaviors. The observations and findings of the technical experts are presented for the final evaluation process undertaken by an independent judging panel which consists of industrial experts and renown HR professionals with due consideration given to the results obtained during the on-site audits.

In total there are 10 Gold Awards and 10 Silver Awards presented in the Overall Category, while 6 special category based awards are also given to deserving companies.

Goodhope was proud to be a recipient of a Silver award in its first attempt and to be ranked together with other leading Corporates of Sri Lanka. Whilst this land-mark achievement has provided Goodhope a significant stepping-stone to further endeavor its HR vision in truly becoming an “Employer of choice”, adapting, embracing and application of good HRM practices in-line with Goodhope’s HR vision by all management and staff of the Group would enable us to take this recognition to greater heights in the future.

 

List of Awards Winners:

Gold Award Winners

Silver Award Winners

Category Awards

 

Private Sector

 

1.   Virtusa

1.   Coca Cola

Leadership and key Talent Development - Brandix

2.   DIMO

2.   Goodhope Asia Holdings

Building Capabilities - Dialog

3.   Linea Aqua

3.  Citizen Development Bank

Talent Supply - Heritance Kandalama

4.   John Keells Holdings

4.   Glaxo Smithkline

Performance Management - Fonterra

5.   Aitken Spence

5.   HSBC Electronic Data Processing

Employee Relationships - DIMO

6.   Fonterra

6. Standard Chartered Bank

Rewards and Recognition - Hemas Pharmaceuticals

7.   HNB

7.   Sri Lankan Airlines

 

8.   99X

8.   Heritance Kandalama

 

9.   Brandix

9.   WNS Global Services

 

10. Dialog

10. Lanka Orix Leasing Company

 

 

Public Sector

 

 

1. Sri Lanka Insurance Cooperation

 

 

2. Ceylon Fertilizer

 

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