We are pushing for positive change in the sustainable palm oil industry by developing innovative solutions and by sharing best practices with our peers. To achieve real transformation on the ground, we must look beyond our own supply chains and work together with all stakeholders across the palm oil sector to tackle issues that impact both our industry and the global landscape at large.
Our main stakeholder collaborations and partnerships are outlined below.
Consortium of Resource Experts (CORE)
CORE brings together two leading organizations dedicated to ensuring sustainable commodity production and sourcing: Proforest and Daemeter Consulting. This offers a comprehensive range of services, including risk analysis, policy development, traceability, capacity building, and third-party evaluation; as well as staff with unrivaled levels of technical and practical expertise at all levels of the supply chain.
Since 2015, Musim Mas has been working with CORE to meet our commitments on sourcing sustainable palm oil. We have engaged in environmental risk assessments on a landscape-level, implementation of intervention programs for smallholders and suppliers, as well as the overall implementation of our Sustainability Policy.
Decent Rural Living Initiative
The Decent Rural Living Initiative (DRLI) aims to improve the protection of human and labor rights in agriculture. The initiative aims to produce practical and realistic recommendations to help rural workers associated with the agricultural sector secure their long-term ability to thrive. Together with Cargill, Golden Agri-Resources, Sime Darby Plantation, and Wilmar International, we are piloting two pre-competitive solutions to address systemic labor rights challenges in Indonesia’s palm oil industry: (i) contract innovations to improve labor conditions of casual workers, and (ii) enhancing gender committees’ role on estates.
Fire Free Alliance
Musim Mas joined a group of leading forestry and agriculture companies, NGOs, and other partners as founders of the Fire Free Alliance (FFA) in 2016. FFA activities support the Indonesian Government’s commitment to a haze-free ASEAN region by 2020. All FFA members share knowledge, data and, where possible, resources to roll out fire prevention initiatives based on APRIL Group’s Fire Free Village Programme (FFVP). All company members have implemented the FFVP as a means to engage local communities in protecting forests from fire. Learn more about the FFA at http://www.firefreealliance.org/
High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach Steering Group
The Steering Group provides overall governance of the current HCS Approach and oversees the further development of a methodology designed to achieve no deforestation including refining its definition, its objectives and its relationship to other approaches to halting deforestation. Musim Mas has been a member of the Steering Group since 2015, and a member of its Executive Committee (HCSA decision-making body). We are also a member of several Working Groups, including the Social Requirements, High Forest Cover Landscapes, and Protection. Learn more about the HCS Approach at http://highcarbonstock.org/.
Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO)
The Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) is a policy adopted by the Ministry of Agriculture on behalf of the Indonesian Government. It aims to improve the competitiveness of the Indonesian palm oil in the global market through regulation and certification for sustainable palm oil production. We are leading the ISPO’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Working Group and have formulated the calculation guidelines for plantations in Indonesia together with the ISPO Commission. Learn more about the ISPO at http://www.ispo-org.or.id/index.php?lang=en.
Indonesian Palm Oil Development for Smallholders
Musim Mas is the sole Indonesia-based partner with International Finance Corporation (IFC) working on this program. Since 2015, we have been assisting independent smallholders in our operations in North Sumatra and Riau, through financial support and capacity building programs on efficient farming practices.
Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG)
POIG is a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on responsible palm oil production verification and innovation. Musim Mas has been a member since 2015 and has participated actively in the POIG Organising Committee (POIG’s decision-making body), Verification Working Group, Retailers & Manufacturers Working Group, and led the development of the POIG Traders & Processors Charter. We are currently chairing the Traders & Processors Working Group, as well as Communications Working Group. Learn more about POIG at http://poig.org/.
Musim Mas is a pioneer member of the PONGO Alliance since its launch in 2017. PONGO has been managing and protecting orangutan habitats and that of other wildlife within oil palm landscapes. Learn more about PONGO at http://www.pongoalliance.org/.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
The RSPO is a not-for-profit organization that unites all stakeholders from the palm oil industry: oil palm producers, processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, and environmental and social NGOs, to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil. Musim Mas has been a member of the RSPO since 2004.
We are a substantive member of the RSPO P&C Review Task Force, alternate member for Indonesia Growers in RSPO Board of Governors, as well as a substantive member of various Working Groups: Smallholders, Biodiversity and High Conservation Values, Human Rights, Emissions Reduction (Co-Chair). Learn more about the RSPO at https://rspo.org/about.
Sustainable Landscapes Working Group (Verified Sourcing Areas)
A collaborative forum that is convened and facilitated by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative. The Working Group comprises of key stakeholders representing brands, suppliers, and NGOs, among others. The Sustainable Landscapes Working Group (previously the Traceability Working Group) in the palm oil sector recognizes the need for landscape-level verification and set targets and milestones for the industry to work towards.
Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) 2020
The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020) is a global public-private partnership that aims to reduce tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp. Musim Mas has been a member of TFA 2020 since 2017. Learn more about TFA 2020 at https://www.tfa2020.org/en/.
Our stakeholders stay up to date on our activities via a range of communication platforms and materials:
- Sustainability Journals (2011-2017), annual Sustainability Policy Progress Reports (2015-2017): Highlights of our achievements and milestones in relation to the implementation of our Policy commitments.
- Annual Sustainability reports (from 2018): to keep our stakeholders informed on material environmental and social issues relevant to our sustainability governance.
- Musim Mas website
- Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP): submitted to RSPO detailing our progress against the standards and P&C.
- Grievance listing: publicly available on the Musim Mas website. Stakeholders are kept abreast of complaints related to Musim Mas or our suppliers that have been submitted to the RSPO Complaints Panel through the Status of Complaints section on the RSPO website.