We strengthened our commitments to sustainable development with the launch of our Sustainability Policy in May 2017. Key principles of our policy are:
Our Sustainability Policy Implementation Framework is designed to facilitate compliance with our policy and sustainability regulations and to support continuous improvement of our sustainability performances.
Our performance is monitored by regular data collection, surveys, assessments, inspections and audits to assess policy compliance and address any gaps. In accordance with the results of evaluations, we review and update our policies, procedures and management plans as needed.
Our monthly newsletter - ‘Sustainability Journey’ - provides updates on recent activities that have been undertaken as we strive to attain the highest standards in sustainable business practices.
We welcome feedback from stakeholders to further advance and improve our operations.
Goodhope follows the regulations defined by the RSPO New Planting Procedures and the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach to mitigate negative impacts of new developments. Our aim is to maintain levels of biodiversity, safeguard the beneficial services provided by natural ecosystems, and maintain the resources valued by local communities at our concession locations. We believe that this can be achieved by regulated land-use planning and effective conservation management and monitoring consistent with the results of High Conservation Value (HCV) and HCS assessments.
Our efforts to conserve biodiversity and protect endangered species in our concession areas are implemented primarily through the principles of the HCV approach. This includes the identification of areas that support high levels of biodiversity, and that provide habitats for rare, threatened, or endangered (RTE) species, as well as RTE ecosystems, habitats or refugia. These HCV Areas are designated as ‘no go’ areas for development and suitable management and monitoring plans are established with the aim to protect the flora and fauna found in the HCV areas.
A key component of our conservation management plans is educating our employees and local communities on the importance of protecting all RTE species, including those species classified in the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable (VU), Endangered (EN) and Critically Endangered (CR) at a global or regional level, or whose trade is regulated under international agreements (e.g. CITES), as well as nationally protected species. Routine monitoring of HCV Areas is conducted to maintain biodiversity inventories and to facilitate the development of improved conservation management.
The presence of natural land cover on steep hill slopes, along water courses and around water bodies can prevent soil erosion, slow the run of water, stabilize river banks and help to filter-out water pollutants from surface run-off. Benefits are multiple, including flood control, preservation of water quality and soil retention. On account of such values, we aim to maintain natural land cover in riparian zones and on steep hill slopes and strive to rehabilitate degraded land cover in these areas across all concessions.
We recognize that natural ecosystems can contribute directly to human well?being by providing significant spiritual, recreational, health and economic benefits, including products such as food and timber and cultural services. Such areas of social or cultural importance are therefore identified in HCV assessments by engagement with communities and are maintained as community-use areas. These areas are managed in such a way that allows people to have access to important resources while ensuring that the quality of the resources does not deteriorate or degrade.
We affirmed our commitment to identify and protect High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest in our concession upon the launch of our Sustainability Policy in May 2017. Prior to any land clearing or new development, we ensure that comprehensive HCS assessments are carried out by accredited bodies, and that the assessments are peer reviewed as prescribed by the HCS Steering Group. Outcomes of the assessments will be used as a basis for implementing adaptive management and monitoring plans to achieve long-term protection of HCS forest areas while meeting the Social Requirements of the HCS Approach.
Recognizing the importance of peatlands in the provisioning of ecosystem services – in particular their role in global climate regulation – Goodhope has established a ‘no development on peat’ policy. We pledge to no conversion of peatland (soil with an organic content greater than 65%) and have been implementing this commitment in all of our concessions since the launch of our Sustainability Policy in May 2017.
We aim to ensure the long-term productive potential of our plantations by executing Best Management Practices that maximize the efficient use of resources for optimal productivity while minimizing negative environmental impacts.
Environmental Impact Assessments are carried out prior to new land developments in compliance with the relevant environmental legislation that applies in the area of the proposed operation. The outcomes of these assessments provide the management guidance for preventing environmental degradation. Monitoring activities are conducted as defined by the assessment and the analysis of environmental performance data contributes to the evaluation and improvement of our environmental management plans.
We work hard to make sure that our operational procedures are reviewed and revised as necessary to comply with best available techniques and best environmental practices.
Key principles include:
Recognizing global climate change as an urgent environmental problem, Goodhope is committed to progressively reduce the net greenhouse gas emissions resulting from our operations.
Our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint incorporate many integrated approaches aimed at conserving and enhancing carbon sinks and minimizing emissions of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide). Initiatives are developed based on the evaluation of carbon stock assessments and calculation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which provide the necessary framework and guidance for the company to implement actions to reduce the impact of its operations on climate change.
By promoting and implementing waste reduction, recycling, and energy-from-waste initiatives, we curb greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding the need to send waste to landfill and by providing renewable energy sources:
In all our concessions procedures are enforced to conserve carbon sinks and minimize emissions of greenhouse gases from land conversion:
We aim to maintain optimal efficiency in the generation of electricity by our mills by recycling production waste (shell and fibre from FFB) to generate electricity and by conducting regular monitoring and maintenance processes to optimize boiler performance and prevent excess emissions. Furthermore, we encourage all our subsidiaries to commit to reduce energy consumption and adopt an ‘energy saving’ attitude by avoiding any wasteful / inefficient consumption of energy.
Throughout each dry season, our plantations and surrounding areas are at risk from the outbreak of fires. To mitigate the risk, we have in place policies and procedures that will help to prevent fire outbreaks and reduce damage caused in case of fire:
Since 2008, we have provided firefighting equipment and training to communities surrounding our plantation locations as a precautionary and preventive measure towards communities assisting themselves and providing support in case of a fire outbreak. We have received certificates from the Ministry of Forestry (Manggala Agni) for the establishing Community ‘Fire Alert Capacity’ in villages surrounding our plantations.
To ensure that our obligations to respect the rights of our workforce and local communities are sufficiently fulfilled, we aim to always follow appropriate procedures that maintain consistency with the following guidelines and principles:
To fully respect land tenure rights and the right of local communities to freely make informed decisions regarding corporate activities, prior to new development, Goodhope pledges to:
Goodhope commits to free and fair labor principles and aims to always adopt ethical employment practices including equal opportunities and protection against discrimination:
*Figures correct as at 31st August 2018.
Goodhope is committed to ensure that Social Impact Assessments are completed prior to development by the company in order to establish an indication of baseline welfare factors and potential social impacts due to proposed company activities. Management plans are developed with the aim to mitigate negative impacts and to enhance welfare.
Our initiatives include the provision of infrastructure to ensure that workers and their families have access to basic facilities and services, including clean water, decent housing, and health and education facilities. We aim to maintain and improve services and facilities as necessary to ensure that national standards are constantly met and work to integrate employee health services with community health services so that local communities have access to affordable and better health services. Realizing the potential negative effects that the development of plantations may have on food security for local communities, we also commit to develop and implement appropriate adaptive management plans for sustained sufficient food availability.
Recognizing the right of access to and enjoyment of cultural heritage, we encourage ethnic and religious diversity and help to preserve local cultures and traditions, enabling communities to maintain their social cohesion and retain their unique identity. Over the years we have contributed to the building of religious institutions and have supported cultural, religious and societal events and festivities. One of our more notable initiatives has been our efforts to continue to preserve the Dayak Culture in Central Kalimantan in Indonesia. Our efforts have included building a Dayak Cultural Center in both Bangkal village and Terawan Village in order to preserve Dayak dance, sculpture, art and music.
We acknowledge the right to lodge a statement of complaint against an individual or company and have in place a Whistleblowing Policy to facilitate the reporting of complaints such as illegal or unethical conduct.
Maintaining safe working environments at the sites in which we operate is a top priority. Relevant procedures and action plans are developed based on the outcomes of health and safety risk analyses with the aim to reduce and prevent hazards and risks.
We provide personal protective equipment and training on health and safety to enable all employees to safeguard themselves while carrying out their duties at work.
Safety Performance at our plantations and mills is monitored by a series of regular assessments, inspections and audits. We calculate Safety Performance Indices (SPI) as a measure of our progress towards meeting health and safety goals and continue to evaluate our performance and develop and implement action plans to enhance the delivery of our commitments.
The polyclinics at our plantation locations are established to deal with the treatment of injuries, illnesses and medical emergencies and provide employees with services such as medical tests, immunizations and family planning.
We provide employees with opportunities to partake in a range of activities and programs that are organized and delivered to enhance the wellbeing of participants. Amenities such as recreational and leisure facilities have been provided for employees in plantation locations.
We believe that education is the right of every child and a key pillar for community growth and development.
We aim to ensure that all children living in and around our estates are given opportunities to obtain a quality primary education and to develop skills to improve their future outlook.
Our educational programs are managed by the Agro Harapan Foundation (Yayasan Agro Harapan). Established in 2008, the Foundation aims to improve access to education and strengthen the quality of education available for students from kindergarten right through to senior high school.
The Agro Harapan Foundation assists a total of 69 schools, attended by more than 7000 students. 13 schools are directly owned by the foundation.
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We support programs and activities aimed at developing sustainable livelihoods for the long-term benefit of the communities surrounding our plantation operations.
Our main aim is to enhance the capacity of local communities to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from sustainable income opportunities.
Some key initiatives are:
We aim to ensure that the right programs are delivered to meet the aspirations of local communities and that sustainable development is promoted.
Goodhope is working on creating a fully traceable supply chain inclusive of smallholders and outgrowers that supply FFB to our mills.
We expect all suppliers to identify and mitigate negative impacts on environment and human rights and to take action to comply with our Sustainability Policy.
As part of our traceability and responsible sourcing programs, we are working towards:
We aim to resolve complaints through an open, transparent, and accountable grievance mechanism incorporating standardized grievance procedures and monitoring systems to effectively handle any grievances that may arise.
In order to do so we commit to:
A Grievance Unit has been formed comprising designated representatives from the Grievance Handling Teams of our subsidiaries. Members of the Unit are responsible for monitoring and evaluating the progress of grievances, including the production of activity reports and roadmaps for grievance resolution.
Our Grievance Committee was established in July 2018 and currently comprises three external stakeholders. Committee meetings shall be held at quarterly intervals to conduct external evaluations of the grievances and the grievance resolution processes that are taking place.