Certification and ESG Ratings


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We abide by all legal standards, country-specific regulations and sector-specific voluntary codes. 

We strive to conform to the most stringent standards, so that we can save time and effort by not having to manage certification requirements separately for the myriad of certification schemes relevant to our industry.  

  • Supra-national codes such as International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC)
  • Country-specific standards, such as PROPER environmental performance rating and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) standard
  • Sector-specific codes, such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Principles and Criteria (P&C) for growers and RSPO supply chain certification for the downstream operations

Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) Certification


The ISPO certification is mandatory for all oil palm companies in Indonesia. This Indonesian regulation requires all oil palm companies to be certified by 2014. 
Our subsidiaries, PT Musim Mas - Pangkalan Lesung (Riau) and PT Musim Mas - Batang Kulim (Riau) were the first two mills in Indonesia to be awarded the certificate for Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) in 2012, after it was launched by the Minister of Agriculture on 29 March 2011.  Subsequently, our third mill, PT Agrowiratama also attained ISPO certification in 2013.
We were also one of the first companies to undergo the certification process for ISPO.
For more information, please refer to the ISPO website.

International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC)


First established in 2010, the ISCC is an international certification for biomass and bioenergy and in particular, the Biofuel supply chain. 

It was conceptualised to address socio-economic sustainability as biofuels gained popularity. ISCC covers topics such as reduction of GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions, sustainable use of land, protection of natural biospheres and social sustainability. 

More than 250 stakeholders from Europe, the Americas and Southeast Asia contributed to the certification's development, ensuring universal acceptance of the certification scheme and the practical implementation of this scheme. 

It is applicable to the German and European markets, as it complies with the European Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED) and the German Sustainability Ordinances (BioNachV)

Renewable Energy Directive (RED)

The renewable energy obligation dates back to 2009, when the EU created an ambitious plan to make renewable energy legally binding, aiming to get 20% of its energy from renewable, low-carbon sources by 2020. Renewable energy refers to energy derived from wind, solar, hydro-electric and tidal power, as well as geothermal energy and biomass. 

Commonly known as the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the legislation mandates that GHG emissions from production and use of biofuels must be at least 35% lower than those from fossil fuels. In 2017, this marker will rise to 50%. Biofuels cannot be produced using raw materials from land with high biodiversity value or carbon stock.

For now, palm-based Biofuel produced based on the standard industry practices qualifies for the transport sector. After 2017, producers will have to do more than the standard practices. 

With our current operational capabilities, we exceed the 50% requirement for 2017, as all our Group's mills are fitted with methane capture facilities since December 2013.
For more information, please refer to the ISCC website

PROPER Environmental Performance Rating


Also known as the Programme for Environmental Performance Rating, the PROPER rating award is an initiative by Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment.

First launched in June 1995, the Indonesian term for PROPER stands for “Programme Penilaian Peringkat Kinerja Perusahaan dalam Pengelolaan Lingkungan.” PROPER is an information disclosure system which grades factories against the regulatory standards, based on five colours – gold, green, blue, red and black (in descending order). 

Companies which are selected for participation are normally public listed companies, companies with operations that have significant impact on the environment, or export-oriented companies such as Musim Mas. 

PROPER covers environmental aspects such as air pollution control, water pollution control, hazardous waste management, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and marine pollution control – all of which are mandatory by law. 

Hailed as an innovative policy instrument when it was first developed, the PROPER rating system works in tandem with existing government regulations as well as enforcement, and aims to improve the environmental performance of businesses in Indonesia. From a regulator's perspective, it is more cost effective as the rating system mobilises external agencies for support. These external agencies or stakeholders can be local communities, NGOs, bankers, or the press, who have a keen interest on the environmental performance of the companies.  

Musim Mas Group was awarded 11 out of 18 Green PROPER Awards on 27 December 2018. The subsidiaries that received the Green PROPER Award 2018 are PT Agrowiratama, PT Bahana Nusa Interindo, PT Berkat Sawit Sejati, PT Indomakmur Sawit Berjaya, PT Maju Aneka Sawit, PT Musim Mas PKS Batang Kulim, PT Musim Mas PKS Pangkalan Lesung, PT Sinar Agro Raya, PT Siringo Ringo, PT Sukajadi Sawit Mekar PKS SSM1 and PT Sukajadi Sawit Mekar PKS SSM2. 
For more information, please refer to the PROPER website

RSPO Supply Chain Certification

The Palm Oil supply chain extends from the plantations to the end retail user in a complex web. In response to this challenge, the RSPO Supply Chain Certification scheme was developed to assure the user of the integrity of the certified RSPO oil.

Under this certification scheme, there are four supply chain mechanisms that are approved by RSPO, namely:

1.    Identity Preserved – this is the most stringent of all four systems, which requires the certified oil products delivered to the end user to be uniquely identifiable to a single mill and its supply base. The supply base is kept physically isolated from other sources through the supply chain. 
2. Fully Segregated – this model assures that the certified oil products delivered to the end user comes from RSPO certified sources. The supply base can be from a variety of sources. 
3. Mass Balance – this model allows conventional oil and certified oil to be mixed together. The model only monitors the administration of the trade of RSPO certified oil products, by reconciling the amount of certified oil sold and the amount of certified oil bought. 
4. Book and Claim – this is the most simplified method among the four systems, by trading certificates for RSPO certified oil products. The conventional supply chain remains unchanged, unlike the other three systems.
Each of these systems comes with its own advantages and accompanying consumer claim. 

We are able to provide for Options 2, 3 and 4. Please approach our marketing office if you wish to purchase the certified oil.

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

Established in 2004, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a multi-stakeholder initiative which provides a vital platform for stakeholders across the Palm Oil sector, to share perspectives and insight on crucial issues related to sustainability in the Palm Oil industry.      

These stakeholders include oil palm growers, Palm Oil processors, traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, environmental/nature conservation NGOs and social/developmental NGOs.   

With more than 1,400 members across 50 countries, RSPO aims to transform the palm oil market to make sustainable Palm Oil the norm, by promoting co-operation within the supply chain and facilitating an open dialogue between stakeholders. The RSPO annual production capacity of sustainable Palm Oil is 15% of the global crude Palm Oil market.    

 The key tool for RSPO growers is the RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C) document, a certification standard which consists of 8 principles and 43 criteria, with the accompanying indicators and guidance, to ensure that primary forests, high conservation value areas, endangered wildlife species and livelihoods are protected. The RSPO P&C is revised every five years to reflect current issues and the most recent version was launched in the middle of 2013.    

The certification standard has been accepted in major Palm Oil producing countries around the world, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Latin America, West Africa and Cambodia.    

 The RSPO P&C have sometimes been described as the world’s toughest standards for sustainable Palm Oil production, setting an example for other cash crops’ certification schemes. It also forms the core of our strategy for sustainable oil palm cultivation.


The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification for plantations and mills 


The RSPO P&C sets out the requirements which must be met by the organisation that wishes to undergo certification. 


The point of certification is the mill, with the accompanying supply base (Plantation ). Today, Musim Mas Group’s RSPO-certified oil production capacity represents about 8% of the total RSPO-certified oil in the market. 


For more information on RSPO certification for plantations and mills, please refer to RSPO website.

National Certification System for Biofuels and Bioliquids (IT SNC or INS)

The Italian national action plan for renewable energies submitted to European Commission on 29th July 2010 gives an overview of national policy concerning renewable energies and describes the goals and the main strategic lines of action. 

IT SNC guarantees that the reliability of the information which contributes to demonstrating compliance with the Biofuel and bioliquid sustainability criteria given by the economic operators belonging to the production chain of said products is verified through an appropriate independent level of verification.

Inter-Continental Oils and Fats - the marketing arm of Musim Mas Group, and a number of our refineries are certified to IT SNC. 

ESG Ratings

As one of the largest Palm Oil players, we are often subjected to public scrutiny on the environmental and social impacts of our business. The spotlight provides avenues for us to understand areas where we have done well, and importantly, the areas which need to be improved. 

Here are the public assessments on the Musim Mas Group:  

1) Forest Heros - Green Tiger Rankings 

2) Global Canopy Programme - Forest 500

3) Zoological Society of London - SPOTT