We are one of the major players in the Palm Oil industry, with a significantly planted land of oil palm trees, and understand that we have an important role to play in promoting sustainable forest management in our industry and helping to protect our natural environment.
As oil palm growers, we understand the inter-dependency between the health of the natural environment and the sustained success of the agro-forestry sector. We are strongly committed to environmental sustainability:
- We will minimise and mitigate our impact on the natural environment where we operate.
- We will also seek to enhance the state of the natural environment where possible, and identify areas where we can make a difference.
- Adherence to the Best Practices Guidelines laid down by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
- No usage of fire during new development or replanting; rather, to adopt mechanical methods.
- No development on Primary Forest or areas that are identified with High Conservation Values or High Carbon Stock (HCS) .
- No development of HCS forests as defined by the HCS Approach.
- No development of Peatland , regardless of depth.
- No planting on steep terrain and/or marginal and fragile soils.
- No establishment of new plantings in places where it can be demonstrated that there are legal or customary or user rights, without having obtained 'Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)'.
- Continually explore ways to enhance the state of the natural environment in which we operate, by monitoring and continuously reviewing our activities.
No Development of High Conservation Value Forests
We are committed to protect and enhance HCV forests. HCV was originally developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), to standardise the varying notions of a natural forest that should be conserved. FSC identified six generic traits that a forest may contain, covering environmental and social aspects. For example, areas that contain endemic or endangered species, or areas that are fundamental to meet the basic needs of local communities, are set aside as conservation areas or social enclaves. Please refer to the HCV Resource Network for more information on the HCV concept.
No development of High Carbon Stock Forests
No Development of Peatland, regardless of Depth
Commitment to Conservation and No Deforestation
Our sustainability strategy is aligned with our commitment to the New York Declaration on Forests and provides the basis for implementing our 2020 No Deforestation targets. Our sustainable operations also supports UN Sustainable Development Goals. Under our Sustainability Policy, we have made specific commitments to no deforestation of HCV areas and HCS forests. Within our wider commitment to conservation, we are also specifically dedicated to biodiversity conservation and the protection of rare, threatened and endangered (RTE) species.
Musim Mas conducts regular and comprehensive biodiversity surveys in and around our concession area. These surveys customarily include desktop reviews of the availability of Flora and Fauna , sampling collections during field visits, and interviews with local communities to assist us in maintaining inventories of plant and animal species and their critical habitats.
Our HCV management plans for existing plantations are reviewed and updated annually. These include action plans for the protection and survival of RTE species and species protected by law, and for the prevention of hunting within and outside our concession areas. Musim Mas is committed to no hunting, or only sustainable hunting of by local communities for subsistence purposes. The hunting of RTE species, and species protected by law, is prohibited in all of our concessions, and we do not operate within nationally designated protected areas.
Musim Mas maintains an inventory of the Fauna identified in our areas of operation that fall under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.