Mopoli Raya is a company that operates in the field of plantations with oil palm and rubber commodities, headquartered in Medan, Indonesia.
Mopoli Raya has a corporate website that can be found here.
1) Rainforest Action Network (RAN) report titled, “The Last Place On Earth – Exposing The Threats To The Leuser Ecosystem: A Global Biodiversity Hotspot Deserving Protection” (11 November 2014)
2) Greenomics Indonesia report titled, “The Only Place on Earth is Being Bulldozed by Supplier of Two IPOP Signatories” (6 May 2015)
3) Greenomics Indonesia report titled, “Already one month without a solution” (10 June 2015)
4) Greenomics Indonesia report titled, “Exactly 9 months since signing of IPOP – Zero Impact on Protecting the Leuser Ecosystem” (30 June 2015)
5) Rainforest Action Network (RAN) report titled, “The Last Place On Earth – Tracking Progress And New Opportunities: To Protect The Leuser Ecosystem” (10 November, 2015)
6) Rainforest Action Network (RAN) report titled, “Protecting the Leuser Ecosystem: A Shared Responsibility” (06 November 2016)
(1) RAN’s first report highlighted a number of companies operating legally and illegally within the protected Leuser Ecosystem, which included PT Aloer Timur, a subsidiary of Mopoli Raya.
(2), (3) and (4) The report by Greenomics alleged that PT 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). PT 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,
(5) 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.
(6) 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.
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.
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, PT Aloer Timur.
We reiterated our Sustainability Policy which also included the commitment to no HCS development.
We conducted desktop spatial analysis on the land clearing activity in PT Aloer Timur and also had the aerial verification of PT Aloer Timur’s concessions related to land stated in the NGO report and verified that land development in PT 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 PT 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.
As potential HCS forest clearance was proven through internal verification process, Musim Mas put on hold the procurement from Mopoli Raya in July 2015.
We continued monitoring desktop spatial analysis on the remaining HCS area in PT Aloer Timur and found that clearing activities still occurred throughout early to May 2016.
We held a meeting with Mopoli Raya to discuss the improvements and steps taken by PT 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 PT Aloer Timur from 2015 – 2017 which showed scattered clearance activities happening in potential HCS area at PT Aloer Timur.
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 PT Aloer Timur and make it publicly available
3. Publish the HCS Assessment report for stakeholder acknowledgement
Musim Mas has continued the business relationship with Mopoli Raya due to their commitment to sustainability.
Mopoli Raya explained that its operation is in compliance with applicable local law 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.
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 PT Aloer Timur.
Mopoli Raya took immediate action by conducting the HCS assessment and HCV Pre-Assessment in PT Aloer Timur with ATA Marie and Ekologika.
The HCS Assessment report and HCV Pre-Assessment report were finalized with the result that 1,382 ha from the PT Aloer Timur’s HGU (about 4,000 ha) were potentially classified as HCS area.
PT Aloer Timur had conducted field checking and found that land clearing occurred due to land occupation by migrant communities.
To overcome the land occupation issue, PT Aloer Timur conducted a Tenure Assessment and made plans for resolving and managing potential conflict at PT Aloer Timur. PT Aloer Timur also coordinated with local village heads and stakeholders on land occupation issue.
Mopoli Raya informed us that they have committed to conserve the remaining HCS area in PT 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 PT Aloer Timur with us.
Mopoli Raya has followed all the requirements requested of Musim Mas by publishing the following documents on their website:
- Mopoli Raya’s Policies, which includes several policies: Environmental Policy, Social Policy, Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, Policy on Child Labour, etc
- A Self-declaration published in the form of a “Letter of Commitment” and addressed to Musim Mas, in which it declared that an area of 1,382 ha within PT Aloer Timur concession (Mopoli Raya) is considered HCV and HCS area and hence, will not be developed in the future
- HCS Assessment and Pre HCV Assessment reports conducted in PT Aloer Timur