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First Time in the World: Orangutan is as Directors of Palm Oil Company



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First Time in the World: Orangutan is as Directors of Palm Oil Company

InfoSAWIT, KUALA LUMPUR – In the recent days, Malaysian palm oil plantation company, Mun Kee Ma-Jik Bhd, assigned orangutan to be boards of directors and in the globe, this is the first sample to assign ‘non-human’ directors in a company. The assignment was effectively on 1 April 2022.

The company believed orangutan would help the company to minimize the conflict between men and animals which came to debate for such a very long time in palm oil industry. It also hoped, this will lead the company to expand its responsible strategies.

Orangutan which now becomes a board member of directors is Aman. He is Kalimantan and now seven years old. His parents died in a fire when he was infant. Aman gets more popular for years because of his skills of communication, socialization, and unique cool behavior.

As quoted from rupanjanade, he knows to express emphatic if orangutan is stressful. The company also knew, this is a big asset for that. Aman would be a special advisor of directors to help the company to minimize the conflicts between men and animals where the companies operate.

Not like common directors that earn much money, Aman would be paid by bananas and would have holidays at International Orangutan Day on every 19 August.

Chief Sustainability Officer Mun Kee Ma-Jik Bhd, Dr. Gurin Woscher said, Aman would help every stakeholder’s involvement, plans of responsible progress, and other dimensions based on free prior informed consent (FPIC).

On the other words, FPIC is the principles of the company to make sure that every participation from the local people would be used by the company before developing or having new plantings. At the principle, before having agreement, there should be getting agreement from non-human community through Aman’s approval.

Gurin Woscher said, orangutan never damages their own environment but men. This is why there were always attacks of orangutan to the company’s officials because they threaten orangutan’s home.

“Having one of their representatives in the board of directors, the company hopes to get more profits to help the company in conflict area management sensitively,” he said.  (T2)


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