Landscape – Staging
Since our policy was established in 2014, we recognize that issues such as the well-being of forests, food security, biodiversity, and livelihoods are interconnected. The best chance for maximizing impact is to integrate these themes in the same communities or geographical areas.
- External Collaborations
From our projects, engagement, and independent diagnostic studies, we learned that:
- Many suppliers do not have the capacity to adopt sustainability practices due to limited resources, including conducting traceability exercises or engaging their independent smallholders like our smallholder programs.
- Independent smallholders face limited access to knowledge (eg. On Good Agricultural Practices) and resources to plant sustainably.
- There is uncertainty in land legality, especially around critical areas such as the Aceh-Leuser Ecosystem.
- The involvement of the government and local stakeholders is crucial to scaling up projects and prevent a leakage market.
Therefore, a coordinated response within companies across the industry and sectors, and levels of government is needed.
Landscape approach: A coordinated response to meeting our roadmap
As the saying goes: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
We acknowledge the limitations one company can have and we capitalize on our relationships with our customers, technical partners and NGOs to collaborate and integrate their efforts into our current projects with our suppliers and smallholders.
As we aspire to be leading sustainable palm oil company, we want to show leadership through the landscape approach and our commitment towards our roadmap towards a responsible supply chain, including setting targets for supplier engagement and independent smallholders.
Based on our sourcing areas, volume, and pertinence of issues in geographical locations, we identified four provinces in Indonesia: