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Date Progress
November 2014

11 November 2014:

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)’s first report titled, “The Last Place On Earth – Exposing The Threats To The Leuser Ecosystem: A Global Biodiversity Hotspot Deserving Protection” highlighted a number of companies operating legally and illegally within the protected Leuser Ecosystem, which included Aloer Timur, a subsidiary of Mopoli Raya.

We have been actively engaging with suppliers located in the vicinity of the Leuser Ecosystem since RAN’s first report in November 2014.

The Aceh Leuser landscape is a top priority for our engagement with the industry. We are working with other major Palm Oil players in a multi-stakeholder effort to identify scalable solutions for the landscape.

The focus areas will be Aceh Tamiang, Aceh Timur and Aceh Singkil. The multi-stakeholder landscape work will entail engaging the local governments on policy development and spatial planning, identifying local NGOs to spearhead projects. We will follow up with more specific details on this landscape work in the near term.

May 2015
06 May 2015:

Greenomics Indonesia published a report titled “The Only Place on Earth is Being Bulldozed by Supplier of Two IPOP Signatories” alleging that Aloer Timur (Mopoli Raya Group) was a supplier of Wilmar and Musim Mas, and that both were members of The Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP). Aloer Timur continued to clear High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forest and habitats of the Sumatran Tiger and Elephants, which were located within the Leuser Ecosystem.

Musim Mas held a meeting with the management of Mopoli Raya to get a detailed clarification pertaining to the clearance of potential HCS forests located within the Leuser Ecosystem by one of its subsidiaries, Aloer Timur.

We reiterated our Sustainability Policy which also included the commitment to no HCS development.

Mopoli Raya explained that its operation follows applicable local laws related to Plantation development permit and the company should develop the land within three years.

The company highlighted that they were facing encroachment problems from the community.

June 2015
10 June 2015:

Greenomics Indonesia published a second report, “Already one month without a solution”, which follows up on the steps IPOP members, Wilmar and Musim Mas have taken following the publication of the Greenomics report in May 2015, and that clearance by Aloer Timur was still continuing.

We conducted desktop spatial analysis on the land clearing activity in Aloer Timur and also had the aerial verification of Aloer Timur’s concessions related to land stated in the NGO report and verified that land development in Aloer Timur was carried out in areas with heavy (high density) tree cover.

We also sent an official letter to Mopoli Raya informing them that Aloer Timur should immediately stop all land clearing activities in the area and to conduct a HCS study in their concessions before continuing with any further development.

30 June 2015:

Greenomics Indonesia published a third report titled, “Exactly 9 months since signing of IPOP – Zero Impact on Protecting the Leuser Ecosystem” which follows up on Aloer Timur’s continued deforestation.

July 2015
As potential HCS forest clearance was proven through our internal verification process, Musim Mas put on hold the procurement from Mopoli Raya in July 2015.
Mopoli Raya informed us that they issued a moratorium (stop-work order) starting from 14 July 2015 on the potential HCS forest mentioned in Greenomics report and will engage ATA Marie to conduct the HCS assessment in Aloer Timur.
September 2015 Mopoli Raya took immediate action by conducting the HCS assessment and HCV Pre-Assessment in Aloer Timur with ATA Marie and Ekologika.
November 2015 10 November 2015:

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) released their second report titled, “The Last Place On Earth – Tracking Progress And New Opportunities: To Protect The Leuser Ecosystem“. RAN’s second report highlighted the efforts that had been undertaken by Wilmar International, Musim Mas Group and Golden Agri Resources to date and outlined the steps that should be taken to secure the ongoing protection of the Leuser Ecosystem.

January 2016 The HCS Assessment report and HCV Pre-Assessment report were finalized with the result that 1,382 hectares from the Aloer Timur’s HGU (about 4,000 hectares) were potentially classified as HCS area.
May 2016 We continued monitoring desktop spatial analysis on the remaining HCS area in Aloer Timur and found that clearing activities still occurred throughout early to May 2016.
November 2016 06 November 2016:

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) published another report titled, “Protecting the Leuser Ecosystem: A Shared Responsibility”. RAN’s third report highlighted the evidence of continued forest clearance in palm oil plantations that supplied to mills in the region despite a national moratorium on the forest clearance for palm oil expansion. The report also highlighted the ongoing connection of major palm oil  companies such as Wilmar International, Musim Mas Group and Golden Agri Resources – dubbed the ‘Big Three Buyers’ – having irresponsible palm oil sources from the region.

April 2017 Aloer Timur had conducted field checking and found that land clearing occurred due to land occupation by migrant communities.
April 2018 To overcome the land occupation issue, Aloer Timur conducted a Tenure Assessment and made plans for resolving and managing potential conflict at Aloer Timur. Aloer Timur also coordinated with local village heads and stakeholders on land occupation issue.
February 2019
We held a meeting with Mopoli Raya to discuss the improvements and steps taken by Aloer Timur (Mopoli Raya Group) regarding the issues published by Greenomics in 2015.

We also shared our desktop spatial analysis regarding the clearing activities by Aloer Timur from 2015 – 2017 which showed scattered clearance activities happening in potential HCS area at Aloer Timur.

Mopoli Raya informed us that they have committed to conserve the remaining HCS area in Aloer Timur and will set aside the area for conservation in cooperation with local government (BKSDA) for a Rhino Sumatera breeding plan.

Mopoli Raya also shared their HCS Assessment and pre-assessment of HCV report in Aloer Timur with us.

March 2019
We saw the strong commitment shown by Mopoli Raya towards sustainability after studying all the relevant documents they shared with us.

Musim Mas also required Mopoli Raya to come out with following actions:

  1. Prepare a Sustainability commitment and make it publicly available
  2. Commitment (Self-declaration) to conserve the remaining HCS area in Aloer Timur and make it publicly available
  3. Publish the HCS Assessment report for stakeholder acknowledgement
Mopoli Raya has followed all the requirements requested of Musim Mas by publishing the following documents on their website:
  1. Mopoli Raya’s Policies, which includes several policies: Environmental Policy, Social Policy, Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, Policy on Child Labour, etc.
  2. A Self-declaration published in the form of a “Letter of Commitment” addressed to Musim Mas, in which it declared that an area of 1,382 hectares within Aloer Timur concession (Mopoli Raya) is considered HCV and HCS area and hence, will not be developed in the future.
  3. HCS Assessment and Pre-HCV Assessment reports conducted in Aloer Timur.
April 2019 Musim Mas has continued the business relationship with Mopoli Raya due to their commitment to sustainability.

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