Multiple Suppliers (Leuser Ecosystem)
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) Rainforest Action Network (RAN) report titled, “The Last Place On Earth – Tracking Progress And New Opportunities: To Protect The Leuser Ecosystem” (10 November, 2015)
3) Rainforest Action Network (RAN) report titled, “Protecting the Leuser Ecosystem: A Shared Responsibility” (06 November 2016)
4) Rainforest Action Network (RAN) article titled, “Illegal Deforestation of Elephant Habitat by PT ABN Uncovered within the Leuser Ecosystem” (28 February 2017)
5) Rainforest Action Network (RAN) report titled, “PT Agra Bumi Niaga: Continues To Destroy Elephant Habitat And Sell Conflict Palm Oil To Suppliers of Major Brands Across The Globe” (July 2017)
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(1) The first report highlighted a number of companies operating legally and illegally within the protected Leuser Ecosystem. In particular, the report contains field evidence that connects a refinery jointly owned by the Musim Mas Group and the Indonesian government’s state-owned Palm Oil Plantation company, PTPN II to a mill that processes Palm Oil fruit grown inside the Leuser Ecosystem.
(2) The second report highlighted the efforts that have been undertaken to date by Wilmar International, Musim Mas Group and Golden Agri Resources and outlined the steps that can be taken to secure the ongoing protection of the Leuser Ecosystem.
(3) The third report highlights the evidence of continued forest clearance in the Palm Oil Plantation that supply mills in the region despite a current national moratorium on the forest clearance for Palm Oil expansion. The report also highlights the ongoing connection of major Palm Oil companies Wilmar International, Musim Mas Group and Golden Agri Resources – dubbed the ‘Big Three Buyers’ – have irresponsible Palm Oil sources from the region.
(4) and (5) In the article by RAN, RAN fielded an investigation which allegedly found evidence of active, illegal clearance of critically endangered Sumatran elephant habitat within the rainforests of the Leuser Ecosystem. The supplier in question was a Palm Oil producer known as PT. Agra Bumi Niaga (PT. ABN) who supplies a neighbouring crude Palm Oil processing mill operated by PT. Koperasi Prima Jasa (KPJ) which supplies to major buyers.
According to RAN, the documented activity violated the moratorium announced by the President of Indonesia in April 2016 and instructions from the Governor of Aceh made on 17 June 2016 ordering the same company to cease all forest clearance activities, including areas with existing permits.
We actively engaged with the suppliers located in the vicinity of the Leuser Ecosystem since RAN’s first report in November 2014. Our engagements with the other suppliers operating within the Leuser Ecosystem can be found here:
January 2015 (Sisirau)
Had discussions with Sisirau to understand its situation, after being suspended by RSPO, due to its failure in submitting land use change analysis and compensation approval.
June 2016 (Ensem Lestari)
Conducted mill assessment with a third-party assessor. Based on the outcome of the risk assessment, Ensem Lestari was found to have some potential risks.
August 2016 (Bangun Sempurna Lestari)
Conducted mill assessment with a third-party assessor.
Based on the outcome the risk assessment, Bangun Sempurna Lestari was found to have some potential risks.
April 2017 (Suppliers in Singkil Regency)
We sent letters to these suppliers: Bangun Sempurna Lestari, Delima Makmur, Ensem Lestari, Global Sawit Semesta, Nafasindo, Perkebunan Lembah Bhakti enquiring on their relationship with PT. Indo Sawit Perkasa, who were found actively clearing lowland rainforest in Singkil-Bengkung.
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.
We are finalising the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a multi-stakeholder platform involving the local government and donor organisation, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). Other parties include major Palm Oil producers and technical consultant The Forest Trust (TFT).
The initiative will start with land-use planning and provision of services to improve oil yield and sustainability practices in the landscape related to Smallholders .