Felda Global Ventures (FGV) – Temila Agro Abadi (TAA) – popup

The relevant RSPO case trackers which are related to:

  • Chain Reaction Research (CRR) can be found here.
Date Progress
April 2017 18 April 2017:

Chain Reaction Research (CRR) published an article titled, “The Chain: EXCLUSIVE – FGV Risks Supply Chain Exclusion Over Repeat Offenses”. The article alleged deforestation and clearance of peat by FGV’s subsidiary, Temila Agro Abadi (TAA).

May 2017

 

FGV responded to Chain Reaction Research via an announcement to the Bursa KL.

10 May 2017:

Chain Reaction Research (CRR) released another article titled, “The Chain: Felda Global Ventures Allegedly Defying Government of Indonesia Peatland Laws, Company Disagrees“. The article touches on how TAA continues to clear its remaining peatland.

July 2017 Greenpeace released a “Palm Oil Alert” bulletin. Greenpeace published a bulletin on FGV and repeated the allegations that FGV has cleared peatland, forests and has social issues with its migrant workers.

The bulletin reports that between 31 December 2015 – 22 April 2017, 1,888 hectares of forest and peatlands were developed in TAA.

August 2017 FGV announced its enhanced Group Sustainability Policy and committed to the following:
  1. No deforestation of High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock areas, and peatlands regardless of size and depth;
  2. Adopt best management practices on existing peatland estates; and endeavour to rehabilitate all peatlands planted on, after 25 August 2016 (in accordance RSPO’s rehabilitation guidelines, and in consultation with Indonesia’s Peatland Restoration Agency);
  3. Cease all new peat development regardless of the land acquisition date or any prior RSPO NPP approval.

FGV has also ceased all land development in Temila Agro Abadi (TAA) and Citra Niaga Perkasa (CNP) since 25 April 2017. The issue of its subsequent re-commencement of development for two weeks in May 2017 at TAA has since been resolved. With the enhancement to its Group Sustainability Policy, FGV has communicated that the development at TAA and CNP will be permanently discontinued.

It will also engage with the local communities and formulate programs to address their concerns.

September 2017 The RSPO Complaints Panel will be reviewing the independent report commissioned by FGV before it initiates any further on-site investigations.
January 2018 FGV published updates on its sustainability initiatives progress:
  1. Eight mills attained RSPO-certification
  2. Consulted with the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) and Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) on peat restoration and is working with the RSPO in conducting independent investigations into the alleged peat land clearance in Kalimantan.
  3. Announced a tentative peat management master plan
  4. FGV is also seeking an independent verification of community conflict in Temila Agri Abadi (TAA).

The full document can be accessed here.

April 2018 FGV announced the progress update on its social compliance and human rights initiatives related to the allegations by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), peat and the High Carbon Stock (HCS) approach.

The document lists all the actions which have been undertaken to address the allegation and timelines.

The progress report can be found here.

May 2018 Musim Mas followed up with FGV, to engage them on their labour and peat issues.
August 2018 FGV published a statement regarding the forest and peat clearance by TAA here. The company has a stop-work order since April 2017.
September 2018 19 September 2019:

Greenpeace released a report titled, “Final Countdown: Now or Never to Reform the Palm Oil Industry”. The report alleged that TAA cleared 1,170 hectares of forest, including peat forest between 04 May 2015 – 10 April 2018.

FGV issued a response to Greenpeace’s report (Final Countdown), as well as provided updates on their RSPO certifications, issues in Kalimantan (plans for peat restoration and efforts to address the well-being of local communities affected by the SWO), and HCS assessment in APL.

October 2018 Mighty Earth RRR9 published a report on alleged use of fire for developing the land in West Kalimantan, Indonesia by one of FGV’s subsidiaries, TAA.
October 2019 The stop-work order for FGV Kalimantan (PT CNP & PT TAA) remains in force since May 2017 and since then, FGV Kalimantan has not carried out any land clearing except for maintenance of roads, drains and boundary trenches.

 

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