Austindo Nusantara Jaya (ANJ)

Austindo Nusantara Jaya (ANJ) is a publicly listed holdings company engaging primarily in oil palm plantations. It is headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia. ANJ is a member of RSPO since 2007.

The relevant RSPO case tracker which is related to:
a) PT Kayung Agro Lestari can be found here.

ANJ has a corporate website which can be found here.

1) Greenomics report titled, “Busy Years Ahead Until 2017” (21 July 2014)

2) Greenpeace report titled, “A Deadly Trade-off” (September 2016)

3) Foresthints article titled, “Finger pointed at Felda for ties to controversial Palm Oil company” (17 March 2017)

(1) Landsat imagery acquired and analysed by Greenomics shows that Austindo Nusantara Jaya Agri (ANJ) is clearing high carbon stock forest in the southern part of West Papua to develop new Palm Oil plantations.

Greenomics reported that ANJ started land development and cleared the forested areas on its operations in Papua, specifically PT Permata Putera Mandiri and PT Putera Manunggal Perkasa.

(2) In March 2017, Foresthints released a report on how ANJ had ‘busy years ahead’ clearing intact forests in Papua, implying that little improvement has been made since 2015.

Subsidiaries involved:
– Binanga
– Sahabat Mewah Dan Makmur

Points raised:
a) Deforestation: destruction of primary forests in Papua (PT Permata Putera Mandiri and PT Putera Manunggal Perkasa, West Papua).

b) Exploitation: Land disputes, absence of FPIC by local communities (PT Permata Putera Mandiri and PT Putera Manunggal Perkasa, West Papua).

ANJ also does not have a public policy to avoid development on forested land or Peatland .

ANJ’s PT Permata Putera Mandiri and PT Putera Manunggal Perkasa started clearing forest in Papua in 2013/2014 before announcing this new planting on the RSPO’s website.

February 2015
We engaged with ANJ to get clarification on claims raised by Greenomics and Mongabay on the land clearance in Papua.

March 2015
We had a meeting with their management team after our initial engagement with ANJ. The discussion was on the high carbon stock issue in their concessions in Papua. We encouraged ANJ to consider to halt land development operations, until ANJ conducts an environmental due diligence based on HCS methodology, engage a consultant approved by the HCS Steering Group to conduct the HCS study, then publish the report and actively engage with the NGOs.

May – August 2015
We actively followed up with ANJ on the HCV/ HCS assessment.

Our last purchase was in August 2015.

March 2017
We re-engaged with ANJ, since a few NGOs are still actively in dialogue with Musim Mas on ANJ’s sustainability journey. We had a discussion on ANJ’s future (second phase) development plans for their concession in Papua.

We conveyed to ANJ the need for transparency and clarity of sustainability policy implementation to enable us to have meaningful engagement and dialogue.

March 2015
In the initial development/ land clearing done by ANJ in 2013, ANJ did not fulfill the RSPO requirements.
Following the report from NGOs, ANJ immediately embarked on a series of actions, which are:

Imposing a development moratorium until RSPO New Planting Procedure (NPP) requirements were fulfilled;
Had HCV assessments, SIAs and EIAs done by RSPO-approved assessors and the assessment documents were verified by RSPO registered Certification Body;
Underwent a public notification process as per RSPO NPP rules;
Commenced development only after they obtained the written approval of RSPO.

ANJ has hired independent consultants to review the HCV assessments and develop a comprehensive conservation management plan.

August 2015
We understand that ANJ has completed the HCS study and plan for future development for the HCS area. Since then, we applied “controlled purchase” on ANJ.

March 2017
ANJ shared its development plan with RSPO to ensure that ANJ is within the RSPO framework.

November 2018
ANJ released their 2017 Sustainability Report. The full Sustainability Report can be found here.

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