KPN Plantations (Formerly known as Ganda/GAMA Group) – Asiatic Persada – popup

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  • Asiatic Persada can be found here.
Date Progress
October – December  2013 07 October 2013:

Forest Peoples Programme statement titled, “The Governor of Jambi Province must take action to tackle unscrupulous conduct of Palm Oil Plantation PT Asiatic Persada”.

14 December 2013:

Mongabay report titled “Indonesian Palm Oil company demolishes homes and evicts villagers in week-long raid”

Social conflict with indigenous Batin Sembilan community in Jambi, and indigenous Suku Anak Dalam community in Jambi.

March 2014 07 March 2014:

Eco-Business published an article, “Palm Oil Row Erupts in Sumatra, Leaving One Dead“. The article alleged that GAMA’s subsidiary, Asiatic Persada attacked members of the Suku Anak Dalam indigenous community due to a dispute over land rights, leaving one dead.

August 2015 Last purchase of oil from Asiatic Persada.
September 2015 We have ceased trade relations with Asiatic Persada which has since changed its name to Berkat Sawit Utama. We were informed through an announcement letter to us with a new supplier name.
June 2017 SOMO’s report titled “The two hats of public security actors in Indonesia” reported on the social conflict between Asiatic Persada and the indigenous Suku Anak Dalam community in Jambi, which concerns 3,550 hectares of its 20,000 hectares concession.
October 2017 We do not have an active business relationship with GAMA since April 2017.
July 2018 Gama Plantation was officiated as a formal group of companies and launched a website, where it disclosed its sustainability policy commitment based on the NDPE principles. It also issued a Stop Work Order (SWO) to suspend all greenfield development with immediate effect from 1 July 2018. The SWO would remain until the management is assured that a robust system is in place to ensure its compliance with its NDPE commitments.
October 2018 We attended one of GAMA Plantation’s stakeholder engagement session, to review its sustainability commitments and plan.
February 2019 GAMA Plantation published its first progress report detailing the implementation and progress of their NDPE commitments.
September 2019 GAMA Corporation was rebranded as Karunia Prima Nastari (KPN Corporation).
November 2019 KPN Plantation published its Group Sustainability Policy, second progress report and 60-month time-bound action plan to report their progress in implementing NDPE policy at group level.
January 2020 We held a meeting with KPN Plantation (formerly known as GAMA) to discuss the improvements and steps taken by the company regarding their sustainability progress.
March 2020 We acknowledged the commitment shown by KPN Plantation towards sustainability. We decided to let KPN Plantation follow our re-entry process. We required KPN Plantation to comply with a set of re-entry requirement as per our CPP.
July 2020 After submitting evidence of their progress as required by Musim Mas’ re-entry criteria, and after our analysing all requested documents, Musim Mas has decided that KPN Plantation can re-enter our supply chain.

Musim Mas will continue monitoring the implementation of the action plans of KPN Plantation.

March 2021 KPN has published its third progress report on its NDPE Policy Compliance and updated its 60-month time-bound action plan.
June 2022 With regards to the land conflict between BSU with Suku Anak Dalam (SAD), KPN Plantation shared with us the following update:
  1. In 2014, the land conflict between BSU with Suku Anak Dalam (SAD) has been settled by the Plasma Partnership mechanism in the form of handing over an area of + 2,000 Ha outside BSU’s HGU.
  2. This settlement has been officially acknowledged through the letter of the Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning/ Head of National Land Agency of the Republic Indonesia in 2015.
  3. To facilitate groups who didn’t accept the settlement, BSU has held several meetings with SAD and also the government since June 2020. The last meeting was held in April 2022.

In addition, the company has also allocated another 750 ha for a separate group of SAD. This allocation is based on dialogues between the representatives of the company, SAD, and relevant government agencies.

Musim Mas supports the proactive progress taken by KPN Plantation to resolve this case.

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