Environment

Caring for the environment is ingrained within our business model

Caring for the environment is ingrained within our business model

  • Overview
  • Environment Policy
  • High Conservation Value Areas
  • Water Management
  • Land and Soil Conservation
  • Effluent Management
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Environmental Protection (Zero Burning)

Environment

Environment

Goodhope believes that caring for the environment and conservation of rare, threatened and endangered wildlife are an integral part of both our corporate values and our sustainable business model.

Several initiatives have been implemented, with the assistance of external consultants, to enhance the effectiveness of our environmental management and protection efforts towards preserving biodiversity and environmental sustainability.

Goodhope's EHS (Environment, health and safety) policy ensures the safe utilization and disposal of chemicals and other materials, compliance to stringent safety measures by field level employees, and raising of the level of awareness on safety and health aspects amongst the workforce and residents within the plantations.

Goodhope's on-going plantation land development;

The on-going plantation land development operations undertaken by Goodhope uses mechanical methods of land clearing which is considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly mechanisms as all of the organic matter is returned to the soil.

This is overseen by well trained employees and complies with standards as set-out by the RSPO. Hence, this ensures that Goodhope strictly continues to follow and adheres to its commitment to Zero Burning policy when undertaking land clearing.

Environment Policy

Goodhope follows an environment policy that takes into consideration the below key areas:

  • We aim to protect and preserve biodiversity by adopting environmentally friendly practices in plantation development and management.
  • We adhere to all relevant national environmental legislation, conform to all required standards, and follow all Group procedures on environmental stewardship.
  • We carry out Environmental Impact Assessment studies on new land developments in compliance with relevant environmental legislation of the country.
  • We take appropriate and practical measures to conserve rare, threatened and endangered wildlife species.
  • We provide appropriate awareness training and education to all employees.
  • We work continuously to improve our environmental performance for
    preservation of biodiversity.
  • We work with Government, NGOs, business associates and the community to promote and enhance the management of conservation areas.
  • We strictly follow a policy of zero burning when undertaking land clearing operations.

All of Goodhope's plantations started as land that had been previously logged and abandoned. Before a single palm is planted we bring in experts to assess environmental imperatives.

High Conservation Value Areas

Areas of High Conservation Value (HCV) are parts of the natural landscape that have a dynamic ecosystem function.

HCV areas can contain important levels of biodiversity; be home to rare or endangered ecosystems; provide basic natural environmental services, such as protecting the watershed or controlling erosion; or be fundamental to meeting basic needs, and maintaining the cultural identity of local communities.

Goodhope assesses all its plantation land, identifies all areas of HCV, and ensures they are maintained.

Water Management

Water management is critical to plantation development and Goodhope ensures that the optimal balance between plantation growth and the environment is maintained. Critical parameters, such as water levels, stream discharge properties, flooding, water quality and fire incidence are monitored closely and every effort taken to protect rivers, waterways and riparian areas from any overflow of chemicals and effluents.

The amount of water used in mill processes is minimized through the efficient management of water utilization, and recycling it wherever possible for cleaning purposes.

Land and Soil Conservation

Goodhope applies best practices in cover crop management and in soil engineering to conserve and maintain land, and to minimize water wastage and soil erosion.

To prevent erosion and maximize water retention, hilly terrain is terraced, drainage established and the surface area mulched and planted with protective ground cover. Significant areas of land are set aside as water catchments to maintain water tables, storage reservoirs are established, and riparian buffer zones are maintained to reduce the possibility of erosion and water runoff.

Effluent Management

Goodhope ensures that the release of effluent from its mills undergoes a treatment process, which renders it safe for use as organic fertilizer in our oil palm plantations.

The effluent and the processed fertilizer are monitored regularly by accredited external parties, and the Group undertakes routine measurement and monitoring at planned intervals to ensure that government regulations are being adhered to.

There is no discharge of effluent into the environment or the waterways.

Integrated Pest Management

Goodhope adopts a natural approach to pest management wherever and whenever possible.

Biological controls and natural predators are used to help protect the fruit as it grows, removing the overdependence on pesticides.

We also introduce predatory animals such as barn owls to control rats, and insects to feed on other pests such as bagworms, nettle caterpillars and rhinoceros beetles. Additionally beneficial plants are used to attract predators and ensure our crops are protected.

Environmental Protection (Zero Burning)

All of Goodhope's plantations adhere to a strict zero burning policy, which is enforced without exception. This is partly to avoid the obvious impact fires have on the land and atmosphere, but also because zero burning is proven to be the most environmentally friendly method of forest clearing as all organic matter is returned to the soil.

However, the annual dry season still poses risk of fires and Goodhope ensures that we are prepared to take swift and decisive action by maintaining:

  • Adequate firefighting resources on site in advance of the dry season.
  • Developing and strengthening our firefighting capacity.
  • Conducting drills and exercises on a regular basis to ensure the preparedness of employees
  • Working with surrounding villages to raise awareness of the dangers of wildfires and develop response plans.