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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



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Sustainability Journey - Monthly Update - June 2017

Monthly update progress made upto June 15, 2017



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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;


Supporting documents to letter issued by COO;








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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:

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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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Shalimar (Malay) PLC receives the “Malaysian Palm Oil Industry Award” from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board


A subsidiary of Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd, Shalimar (Malay) PLC (Shalimar Estate) received the “MPOI Award” from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) for the year 2013/14 under the ‘Best Estate Category (Peninsular Malaysia) - land extent between 40.47 ha to 499 ha’. The award was presented by the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, YB Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas at the ceremony held on 19th December at the Palace of the Golden Horses, Mines Resort City, Seri Kembangan, Malaysia.
Goodhope was represented by Mr. Ravindran Palpanathan (Estate Manager) and Mr. Devindran Kanayah (Senior Field Assistant) who received the Award.In total there were 21 awards presented for a variety of categories that recognized Plantation Companies with high levels of performance within Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. The selection for an award is based on pre-set criteria for each of the awards decided by the Malaysian Palm Oil Industry (MPOI) Awards Committee and an Assessment Panel of the MPOB.

The criteria for the Best Estate Category included:
a)  Estate has to be the highest yielding for the Calendar year 2013
b) The best maintained estate in terms of overall estate condition including good control on pest & disease and improvement on work method.
c)  Provide good welfare and amenities to employees as stated in the Act 446.

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Goodhope receives Membership for the Holding Company from the RSPO

Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd, the holding company of the Group incorporated in Singapore, has been accepted as an Ordinary Member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) under the category of Oil Palm Growers with effect from 2nd December 2014.

With this Membership all of Goodhope Group’s oil palm plantations will be expected to follow the Principles and Criteria (P&C) of the RSPO.

This Membership further strengthens Goodhope’s commitment to being a sustainable plantation company and brings greater focus on the Group’s inherent practice of following the RSPO Principles and Criteria in managing its business activities.

Three of the Goodhope Group’s plantation companies were already members of the RSPO while two of the Group’s Oil Palm Processing Mills are RSPO Certified.

In Malaysia, two of the Group’s refining facilities are members of the RSPO and have received RSPO Supply Chain Certification.

For more details regarding Goodhope’s profile and membership number visit the RSPO website

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PT Agro Asia Pacific ties up with Oracle Indonesia as a Gold Partner

PT Agro Asia Pacific (PTAAP), a subsidiary of Goodhope Asia Holdings Limited and the marketing arm of AHL Business Solutions (Pvt) Ltd ties up with Oracle Indonesia as a Gold Partner. This Partnership will allow PTAAP reseller rights to Oracle based products and services. “Tying up with Oracle Indonesia is a great stepping stone for PTAAP, specially in the agri-industry. This will enable us to offer our specialized agri-based solutions to customers looking to capture in-field information starting from operations all the way to budgeting.”, commented Kevin De Silva, Director/COO AHL Business Solutions (Pvt) Ltd. This partnership with Oracle will further help us to differentiate our services which are based on specializations particularly in the agri-industry, he further stated.

AHL Business Solutions (Pvt) Ltd is the Business Systems and Services Segment of Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd, providing all information technology and business systems and BPM services to meet Goodhope Group’s captive requirements, and offer the same basket of services to third party clientele.

Gold Partner is the second level within the ‘Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized’ that opens up the oracle product portfolio to be resold by third parties. Being a Gold Partner of the OPN Specialized also allows the Company to undertake specializations using Oracle-based products, which in turn will allow us to grow our business by increasing our expertise, reaching higher levels of customer experience and creating differentiation in the market place.
For more information about the benefits of becoming an OPN Specialized Gold level partner, refer the Oracle Website

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AHL Business Solutions Awarded at the Shared Services & BPM Excellence Conclave

b2ap3_thumbnail_AwardPicture.jpgAHL Business Solutions (Pvt) Ltd (AHLBS) receives recognition during the 4th National Shared Services & BPM conclave held on 14th November, 2014 on the Theme – ‘Process Agility & Cost Optimization in Service & Support Functions in New Delhi, India.

The Shared Service unit of AHLBS received the excellence award under the category of ‘Shared Services in India & Sri Lanka – Single Domain’.

Congratulations to the AHLBS Team, this achievement was possible as a result of your hard work and commitment.

AHL Business Solutions (Pvt) Ltd is the Business Systems and Services Segment of Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd, providing all information technology and business systems and BPM services to the Goodhope Group.

The SSC/BPM unit of AHLBS is capable of managing IT wrapped Transaction Management Solutions to IT enabled end-to-end process management and KPO services utilizing various IT platforms and adopting continuous process re-engineering towards enhancing business value creation

Shared Services Forum (SSF) with RvaluE Consulting as Knowledge Partners is a forum involved in conceptualizing and organizing various industry related events such as the Annual National Conclave with a focus on Shared Services & BPM. The key objectives of the Conclave are to capture and disseminate understanding/impact of BPM Organizations through Shared Services and hybrid models, spreading and recognizing the adoption of BPM industry in the subcontinent, fully leveraging the best practices from global shared services and off-shoring operations.

These Awards have been established to honour, recognize and promote BPM strategies and for demonstrating winning practices by Companies that are broadly comparable in this regard.

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Goodhope Asia Holdings wins 2 Accolades at the World Training & Development Congress 2014

Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd representing the entire Goodhope Group of companies applied for two out of approximately 30 categories in the World Training & Development Congress 2014.

This year, Goodhope competed alongside industry giants like Hindustan Unilever, Jindal Power, Dominos Pizza, Infosys BPO, TATA Consultancy services, State Bank of India, Vishakapattanam Steel Plant, Zurich Bank Insurance (Hong Kong), Canara HSBC OBC Life Insurance, amongst others and emerged as winners.

The two categories applied for were:

1. Excellence in Content Development Award – this showcased the excellent work done by Goodhope Group’s Learning & Development Team in developing training modules for our Oil Palm Plantations Segment in collaboration with the Goodhope Research and Development Center based in Indonesia.

2. Award for the most innovative use of Training & Development as an HR Initiative for Organizational Development – This focused on the ‘Corporate Challenge’ initiative, a unique employee development program launched in Goodhope’s Corporate Office for all employees. This program which was sub-divided into Champions Search and Champion Challenge is aimed at developing leadership and analytical skills of employees. Champion Search gave employees a forum where they were challenged to solve issues facing real-life business scenarios using a case-study and presentation format enabling them to showcase their capabilities and innovative ideas to the senior management team. Champion Challenge allowed the winners of Champion Search to work with teams from another program known as ‘Talent Development’ whereby they received an opportunity to participate in another unique program which revolves around  real-business cross-functional projects aimed at delivering tangible business results, closely aligned to the overall business strategies of the Goodhope Group. 

The Congress deliberations and award ceremony took place on 15th Feb at Taj Land’s End Hotel in Mumbai, India.

The World Training & Development Award is organized by the Human Resources Development Management Committee of the World HRD Congress. It is the only award of its kind in the world that gives public recognition of achievements in training & development to individuals as well as companies, whether large or small and whatever the nature of their businesses or services.

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Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd wins 2 Accolades at Asia’s Training and Development Excellence Awards 2013

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_GOODHOPE.JPG For the first time Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd applied for the ‘Asia’s Training and Development Excellence Awards 2013’, which was held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore on 1st August 2013.

We applied for 2 categories out of a total of around 30 categories and were successfully recognized as the Winner for both categories which are as follows:

1. Best Leadership Development program for Middle Management

2. Best Apprenticeship Program

Congratulations to the Human Resources Teams of Goodhope Group for your efforts towards making this possible!

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Zero Burning Policy Adhered to by all of Goodhope’s Plantations

Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd would like to re-iterate that all its plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia strictly follow a ‘No Burning' policy when undertaking land clearing and development activities.

All of Goodhope's plantations adhere to a strict zero burning policy, which is enforced without exception. This is in line with the Group's commitment to following environmentally friendly practices and the principles and criteria as set-out by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

At present all 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.

The management and staff of all our plantations are highly trained and very conscientious in ensuring that the no-burn policy is adhered to.

As the dry season approaches, employees in all our plantations vigilantly look-out for any fire breakouts in the surrounding vicinity. As a part of their readiness, employees are continuously trained on how to control and manage fires and extensive mock fire drills are conducted regularly.

Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd does not have any plantations in the Island of Sumatra.

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Goodhope’s ICT Subsidiary receives ISO 27001 Certification

On March 3, 2013 AHL Business Solutions (Pvt) Ltd, was certified by the British Standards Institute (BSI) for ISO 27001:2005, its ‘Information Security Management System (ISMS)' standard.
The scope covered by this certification is specified below.

The management of information security in providing;

• IT Infrastructure Services,
• Software Development Services,
• Business Processes Management Services (BPM) ,
• Business Systems Support and
• IT Governance and Strategic Support

The management credited this achievement to the dedicated efforts and absolute commitment of all AHLBS staff members.

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Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative undertaken by Goodhope

As part of the Group's social responsibility activities, the Corporate Office of Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd (GAHL), sponsored the construction of the second phase of a ‘Transit House' under the auspices of the CCC Foundation to accommodate outpatients of the Cancer Hospital in Maharagama, Sri Lanka. This ‘Transit House' known as CCC House is located within the premises of the Cancer Institute in close proximity to the Cancer Hospital. Reaching the hospital in time for their treatment is hassle free and easy as residents need only cross the bridge that leads them directly to the Hospital.

GAHL is contributing LKR 60 million for this project, whilst the SMT and corporate office staff also made voluntarily contributions. These funds have been used towards the construction of the second wing of the CCC House. This project in total comprises of 188 beds for the accommodation of cancer outpatients and their caretakers. Ms. Janaka Jayawickrama, Mr. Kevin de Silva and Mr. Priyantha Hapuarachchi were involved in the monitoring the progress of the construction representing Goodhope.

This second wing of the CCC House had its soft opening on Saturday March 2, 2013 attended by donors, sponsors and officials of the CCC Foundation.

The CCC House offers its patients a calm, clean and safe environment where they are able to rest and recover between treatments. The House offers bedrooms with attached bathrooms for children and their caretakers, while adults are accommodated in dormitory style rooms. Playrooms, relaxation areas, a prayer room, dining rooms, gardens and sitting rooms are some of the additional facilities that residents can avail themselves of. Volunteer groups teach the children and a counselor is also available once a week.

The CCC (Courage, Commitment, Compassion) Foundation is a not for profit voluntary organization based in Sri Lanka and Australia. CCC's vision of ‘Building Bridges of Hope' is about linking people and organizations between Australia and Sri Lanka to implement best practice in medical treatment and care as well as provide better conditions for patients and care takers through infrastructure improvement projects.

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