In 2019, we launched our first Aceh Progress Report as a means for us to communicate on the projects and efforts we have put in within the Aceh Province.

Since then, we publish an annual report on Aceh, to inform and share these progresses with our stakeholders.

“Landscapes are by essence complex systems. To be effective, close collaboration with other processors, downstream players in consumer markets, civil society, and local governments is essential. No one player will achieve durable positive landscape-level results on its own, leading while others are following. Collaboration is key. The Aceh strategy of Musim Mas will build on existing partnerships with stakeholders and expand these over time.”

Olivier Tichit,
Director of Sustainability


History of the Aceh Landscape

The unique history and demographics of Aceh guides the engagement approaches that Musim Mas and other stakeholders adopt, given Aceh’s recent peace agreement with the Indonesian government in 2005, and a tsunami disaster in 2004.

Why is Aceh Important to us?

Due to its unique biodiversity, history, and the fact that 87% of the Leuser Ecosystem lies in the Aceh province, the landscape is a priority for us. The Leuser Ecosystem is one of the largest rainforests in the world-renowned for its high biodiversity.

While we do not own any mills, plantations, or refineries in Aceh, and the Aceh Province only contributes to 5 – 10% of our supply base. As of September 2020, Musim Mas sources Crude Palm Oil (CPO) and Palm Kernel (PK) from approximately 31 mills across Aceh.

The proximity to protected areas and ongoing deforestation alerts attest to Aceh’s status as a high-risk landscape.


The Aceh landscape strategy comprises three objectives, namely Engagement, Assurance, and Monitoring and Response.

Firstly, the Engagement objective entails outreach to independent smallholders and mills to convey NDPE requirements and the possible consequences of non-compliance.

The Assurance objective has components to ensure that the mills supplying crude palm oil and palm kernels to Musim Mas are NDPE compliant.

Finally, the Monitoring and Response objective contains proactive elements to detect and verify deforestation at the landscape or jurisdictional level. All three objectives have a stated set of measurable targets to indicate progress.

Figures at Glance

No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation

100% of suppliers either have an NDPE policy or have adopted the Musim Mas sustainability policy.

16% of the supplying mills are certified to RSPO standards or are members of the RSPO.

87% of suppliers have completed Musim Mas’ self-assessment tools, declaring their NDPE status.

77% Traceability to Plantation (TP) completed.

Smallholders Hub: Aceh Taming and Aceh Singkil hubs operational.

Trained 148 village agricultural officers and 547 independent smallholders in the Smallholders Hubs


We have mapped out and identified how our efforts and programs in Aceh support the respective SDG goals and targets.


Upholding and maintaining long-term relationships with our suppliers has always been the crux of our business. Recently, we sat down to speak to the top management of one of our long-term suppliers, Perkebunan Nusantara I (PTPN1), over Zoom. They have been our supplier for over ten years; PTPN I is a state-owned enterprise that manages palm oil and rubber operations in Indonesia. They have oil palm plantations and mills located in Aceh. Our blog post on PTPN1 can be found here.

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