As a responsible grower, Bumitama recognises that the global and Indonesian palm oil industry must address concerns on deforestation, climate change and social injustice. As such in 2014, the Group commenced trials to assess the relevancy and viability of the “No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation” policy. This process resulted in the issuance of our inaugural Sustainability policy, announced on 13 August 2015. For a PDF copy, please download our Bumitama Sustainability Policy.
All provisions in this policy, with no exception, apply to all plantations and/ or mills in our subsidiaries, associates and to our external suppliers. Bumitama has reviewed the relevance of it sustainability commitments and issued an updated version of the Sustainability policy in 2022 (English | Bahasa)
Our policy covers four areas:
- Forest Conservation and Sustainable Land Use: No peat, protection of High Conservation Values (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) landscapes, reduction of chemical fertiliser and pesticide usage, elimination of Paraquat and prevention of fire.
- Respect for Local Community Rights: Recognition of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), efforts towards sustainable economic development models, and fair, transparent and accountable partnership with plasma smallholders.
- Respect for Workplace Human Rights: Recognition of International Labour Organisation (ILO) core conventions and the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration on Human Rights, including a ban on forced and child labour, elimination of discrimination, provision of fair wages and working hours, and respect for freedom of association. Provision of a healthy and safe working environment, ethical conduct and efforts to eliminate corruption.
- Traceability and Responsible Sourcing: Tracking and monitoring land development in sensitive areas, ensuring that FFB processed is traceable to our own estates, plasma smallholders, local traders and independent smallholders, and ensuring that FFB is purchased from legal and responsible sources.