InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – In the commemoration of Hari Sawit Nasional on 18 November 2021, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Secretariat did online visit to sustainable palm oil and orangutan conservation that the members organize, cultivate, and manage. It was about to reveal palm oil plantation positive impacts for human, planet, and welfare if developed in RSPO standards.
RSPO, Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO), PT Bumitama Gunajaya Agro (BGA), PT Sawit Sumbermas Sarana (SSMS) Tbk, and Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) took the event as platform to take many in palm oil supply chain to deliver bigger responsibility to encourage sustainable palm oil market transformation.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) PT Bumitama Gunajaya Agro, Lim Gunawan Hariyanto said, as palm oil plantation company that commits to develop sustainable palm oil, the company tries to be the leader in fair, inclusive, responsible sustainable palm oil production.
“What we do is to collaborate with experts, the governments in many levels, and other stakeholders to minimize the loss of natural habitat and conservation, protect and recover ecosystem service for the local who depend on forest for their living, and mitigate climate change impacts,” he said in the online visit to sustainable palm oil plantation that RSPO conducted, Thursday (18/11/2021).
CEO PT Sawit Sumbermas Sarana Tbk (SSMS), Vallauthan Subraminam said, SSMS participates in environmental initiatives within sustainable palm oil principles in every business line to deliver maximal result to every stakeholder.
Conservation project in Salat Island is cultivated and managed by involving many to welfare, increase added values for the local and the region. “With many sides, SSMS implements strategic ways to realize sustainable business,” he said.
CEO BOSF, Jamartin Sihite told that 98 individuals of orangutan are being rehabilitated to pre-release in Salat Island. Of the numbers, 34 orangutans were released to the wild.
“The cooperation involves many stakeholders, such as, Provincial Government of Central Kalimantan, District of Pulau Pisang, Balai Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam (BKSDA) Central Kalimantan, the people of District of Jabiren Raya, and us,” he said.
ICCO does support online visit through responsible and sustainable palm oil plantation project in Indonesia (RESBOUND) that focuses to promote responsible business in palm oil plantation, encourage multi-stakeholder dialogue, and support planters.
Asia Cluster Regional Director ICCO, Lenneke Braam said, palm oil has raised issues globally. “But many do not realize that many families depend on the commodity for their life. That is why we believe, involving in public – private partnership is the key to create effective, and sustainable changes in this sector,” Braam said. (T2)