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Date Progress
September 2022 
19 September 2022

RAN report titled “Carbon Bomb Scandals: Big Brands Driving Climate Disaster for Palm Oil” highlights a case of palm oil plantation controlled by Mr. Mahmudin.

He is alleged for operating a farm located in Desa Ie Meudama inside the Rawa Singkil Wildlife Reserve.

The report alleged that the FFB’s from Mr. Mahmudin’s farm were delivered to PT Runding Putra Persada (RPP)

Based on the information within the report, we conducted an initial spatial analysis which then used as a baseline to engage with PT RPP.
October 2022

10 October 2022
RPP verification team visited Mr. Mahmudin farm. The summary result of the visit is as follow:
  1. Legal Status
  • RPP presented 6 (six) copies of individual land ownership (Sertifikat Hak Milik) issued since 2017, with number 1006, 1007, 1008, 1009, 1010, and RPP also shared the coordinates for each block.
  • Our internal analysis found that these coordinates correspond to the blocks that have been registered in ATRBPN. This information is accessible through the database of National Land Agency (Badan Pertanahan Nasional/BPN).
  1. Farm location

Our spatial analysis result by overlaying the coordinates of Mr. Mahmudin farm with map Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s Decree No. 580/MENLHK/SETJEN/SET.1/12/2018 confirmed that these blocks are located outside of Rawa Singkil Wildlife Reserve.

31 October 2022

RAN released an article titled “Major Indonesian Palm Oil Suppliers Falsely Deny Sourcing Illegal Palm Oil”  providing further information on Mr. Mahmudin’s farm that allegedly extends beyond the boundary to the Rawa Singkil Wildlife Reserve.

November 2022

We have finalized the site verification plan and arrangement. We have also noted the new coordinates in RAN’s latest article and have included them in the visit plan. We plan to carry out the site visit starting from 10 November 2022.

The site visit to enter the national reserve will depend upon local authorities’ permission.

10 – 11 November 2022

The summary of the site visit is as follows:

1.FFB traceability SOP

It was found that:

  • PT RPP has a written SOP on the implementation of Traceability to Plantation
  • Based on the recent TTP (August – October 2022) presented by PT RPP, the reported agent is one of the new FFB suppliers of PT RPP in 2022.

2.Site visit to Mr. Mahmudin’s farm

  • Part of Mr. Mahmudin’s farm owns individual land ownership (Sertifikat Hak Milik)
  • We identified that some part of Mr. Mahmudin’s farm extended inside the Rawa Singkil Wildlife Reserve. Mr. Mahmudin was not aware of this overlap.
  • Mahmudin also owns a ramp for FFB collection. He keeps no record of FFB sources (i.e coordinates, legality) and no traceability system is in place.
  • The result of the visit to land clearing reported in RAN second article dated 31 October 2022 concludes that the location is seen to be recently cleared with the presence of newly planted oil palm seedlings. We were informed by Mr. Mahmudin that those areas belong to other parties unrelated to him.

Conclusion and recommendation

Action plan has been set for the following parties:

1. Mr. Mahmudin

  • Return part of the farm located inside Rawa Singkil Wildlife Reserve to the government
  • Declare all farms that also belong to Mr. Mahmudin
  • Create and maintain traceability records for all FFB sources entering the ramp. This will be done in stages, within 6 months.

2.CV Buana Indah

  • Declare all farms supplying FFB along with necessary information (i.e land legality/ status, etc.)
  • Collect TTP data from all FFB suppliers periodically (maximum within 6 months)


  • Review the SOP implementation on TTP , especially on the fulfillment of NDPE criteria at FFB producer level (i.e farmers) who supply through agents (i.e CV Buana Indah)
  • Improve TTP system and ensure TTP data reaches 100% within the next 6 months
  • Monitor the action plan progress of CV Buana Indah and Mr. Mahmudin as their FFB suppliers.
  • Willing to be verified using random sample.

We will continue to monitor the implementation of the action plans to ensure consistent fulfilment the suppliers NDPE commitment.

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