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Newly Released Guidance Aims to Improve Transparency in the Palm Oil Industry

Ceres, Oxfam, Rainforest Alliance, CDP, and Rainforest Action Network Among over 18 Groups Releasing New Guidance

With rainforest destruction and forced labor urgent concerns in palm oil cultivation, a diverse group of NGOs and investor organizations releases today shared guidance for corporate reporting on company commitments towards responsible palm oil sourcing and production.
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BOSTON Jan 24, 2017

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With rainforest destruction and forced labor urgent concerns in palm oil cultivation, a diverse group of NGOs and investor organizations releases today shared guidance for corporate reporting on company commitments towards responsible palm oil sourcing and production.

Collaboratively developed by over 18 organizations (see list below) with input from companies and civil society, the guidance document aims to inform corporate reporting and supply chain engagement. The diverse group, which encompasses a range of perspectives on the palm oil challenge, came together to develop the guidance to create consistency and clarity for companies in the palm oil value chain on reporting.

“Numerous companies are putting resources towards sustainable palm oil; yet, deforestation, land conflicts, and labor issues persist,” said David Bennell, program director of the Food and Capital Markets Initiative at Ceres. “Transparency on supply chain practices is critical for all stakeholders, investors, civil society groups, and businesses, to understand and address the implementation gap.”

Palm oil is the world’s most abundant vegetable oil and a common ingredient in food and household products. In Indonesia, where nearly half of the world’s palm oil is produced, forests and carbon-rich peat lands are being cleared faster than any tropical nation, accounting for as much as much as 79 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas footprint.  Much of this impact is caused by the expansion of the palm oil industry.  Forced and child labor, as well as land rights violations are also widespread in the industry.

Many companies are actively working to address these issues and are beginning to communicate progress to a wide range of stakeholders.

“M&S recognizes the value of transparency as part of supply chain management and is working with industry partners to measure and compare performance of Growers, Processors and Traders in our supply chain,” said Fiona Wheatley, sustainable business manager at Marks and Spencer, a British retailer. “This document guides companies towards reporting that is most meaningful and material to a wide range of stakeholders and contributes towards our collective goal of making palm oil production sustainable and deforestation free.”

The guidance document offers recommendations for growers, processors and traders; manufacturers; and retailers. It covers topics including supply chain transparency, effective grievance processes, forced labor, smallholder engagement, and responsible land expansion.

“Oxfam is concerned about the palm oil industry’s record on human rights and environmental protection, and believes that companies have an obligation and an opportunity to address these issues. Corporate actions and commitments must go hand in hand with meaningful transparency in order to facilitate implementation,” said Aditi Sen, a senior policy advisor for Oxfam.

“The razing of rainforests and prevalent use of child labor in the palm oil sector create regulatory risks and hinder companies’ social license to operate, which can threaten access to raw materials, production, and overall brand equity. Companies need to be transparent about how they are managing these risks so that we, as investors, can identify and measure them effectively,” said Kate Kroll, shareholder advocate at Green Century Capital Management said.

Companies are encouraged to report the information outlined in the guidance document through existing platforms, such as CDP, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm oil (RSPO) Annual Communication on Progress, and sustainability reports and dashboards.

Download the reporting guidance document here.

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The document was collaboratively developed by the following organizations:

Ceres (coordinator and convener)

The Consensus Building Institute (facilitator)

CDP

Conservation International

Daemeter

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Forest Heroes

Forest Trends

Global Forest Watch

Green Century Capital Management

Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility

International Labor Rights Forum

Mighty

Oxfam

Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Alliance

Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment

Union of Concerned Scientists

Zoological Society of London

About Ceres

Ceres is a non-profit organization that is mobilizing many of the world’s largest companies and investors to take stronger action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges. Ceres directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk, a group of 120 institutional investors managing about $15 trillion assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change and water scarcity. Ceres also engages with 100-plus companies, many of them Fortune 500 businesses, committed to sustainable business practices and the urgency for strong climate and clean energy policies. For more information, visit www.ceres.org or follow on Twitter @CeresNews.

 

Bahasa Indonesia:

Panduan Baru Bertujuan Meningkatkan Transparansi Dalam Industri Sawit

Ceres, Oxfam, Rainforest Alliance, Rainforest Action Network, dan CDP diantara lebih dari 18 organisasi yang merilis pedoman baru

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BOSTON (24 Januari 2017)—Akibat gentingnya isu perusakan hutan dan kerja paksa dalam produksi minyak kelapa sawit, hari ini beragam LSM dan organisasi investor merilis panduan bersama yang dapat digunakan perusahaan dalam melaporkan komitmen mereka menuju perolehan bahan baku dan produksi minyak kelapa sawit yang bertanggung-jawab.

Disusun melalui kolaborasi lebih dari 18 organisasi (daftar terlampir), termasuk masukan dari perusahaan dan masyarakat sipil, pedoman ini ditujukan sebagai acuan untuk laporan perusahaan dan menilai pelibatan supply chain. Kelompok penyusun beragam, yang mencakup berbagai sudut pandang mengenai tantangan dalam industri sawit, bergabung untuk menyusun panduan ini guna mencapai konsistensi dan kejelasan bagi perusahaan-perusahaan dalam value chain minyak sawit dalam proses pelaporan mereka.

“Banyak perusahaan telah menyalurkan sumber daya mereka menuju produksi minyak sawit yang berkelanjutan. Namun perusakan hutan, sengketa tanah, dan isu tenaga kerja terus berlanjut,” kata David Bennell, direktur program makanan dan pasar modal. “Transparansi praktik dalam supply chain sangat penting agar semua stakeholders—investor, lembaga masyarakat, dan unit usaha—dapat memahami dan mengatasi kegagalan implementasi.”

Minyak kelapa sawit adalah minyak nabati yang paling banyak ditemukan di dunia dan umum dijadikan bahan makanan dan produk rumah tangga. Di Indonesia, yang memproduksi hampir setengah pasokan minyak sawit dunia, hutan dan lahan gambut kaya karbon habis dibabat lebih cepat dibandingkan negara tropis lainnya, mengkontribusi sebanyak 79 persen dari total gas rumah kaca Indonesia. Dampak ini banyak disebabkan oleh ekspansi industri sawit. Kerja paksa dan penggunaan pekerja anak, serta pelanggaran hak kepemilikan tanah, juga marak dalam industri ini.

Banyak perusahaan secara aktif berusaha mengatasi masalah-masalah tersebut dan mulai melaporkan kemajuan mereka pada berbagai stakeholders.

“Marks & Spencer mengenal pentingnya transparansi dalam manajemen supply chain dan bekerja sama dengan mitra industri untuk mengukur dan membandingkan kinerja perkebunan, pengolah, dan pedagang dalam supply chain kami,” kata Fiona Wheatley dari Marks and Spencer, perusahaan ritel Inggris. “Dokumen ini memandu perusahaan-perusahaan agar laporan mereka sebermakna dan sesubstantif mungkin bagi beragam stakeholders, dan berkontribusi pada tujuan bersama kita yaitu produksi minyak sawit yang berkelanjutan dan bebas perusakan hutan.”

Panduan ini memberi rekomendasi bagi perkebunan, pengolah dan pedagang; produsen barang jadi; dan peritel. Dokumen ini mencakup diantaranya transparansi supply chain, prosedur pengaduan yang efektif, mengatasi kerja paksa, peran petani kecil, dan ekspansi lahan yang bertanggung-jawab.

“Oxfam prihatin atas track record industri minyak sawit di bidang hak asasi manusia dan perlindungan lingkungan, dan percaya bahwa perusahaan-perusahaan punya kewajiban dan peluang untuk menangani isu-isu tersebut. Tindakan dan komitmen perusahaan harus berjalan diiringi transparansi yang bermakna untuk memfasilitasi implementasinya. Kami harap panduan ini memicu peningkatan transparansi dalam sektor tersebut, dan pada akhirnya berkontribusi terhadap transformasi sektor,” kata Aditi Sen, penasehat kebijakan senior Oxfam.

“Perataan hutan hujan tropis dan maraknya penggunaan tenaga kerja anak dalam sektor minyak sawit menghasilkan risiko regulasi dan menghambat izin sosial perusahaan untuk beroperasi, yang dapat mengancam akses terhadap bahan baku, produksi dan ekuitas merek. Perusahaan-perusahaan harus transparan mengenai bagaimana mereka menanggulangi risiko-risiko ini agar kami, sebagai investor, dapat mengindentifikasi dan mengukurnya secara efektif,” kata Kate Kroll, advokat pemegang saham di Green Century Capital Management.

Perusahaan-perusahaan dianjurkan melaporkan informasi seperti yang diuraikan dalam panduan tersebut melalui beberapa perangkat, diantaranya CDP, Komunikasi Progres Tahunan Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), dan laporan dan dashboard lingkungan lainnya.

Unduh panduan pelaporan tersebut.

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Panduan ini disusun melalui kolaborasi organisasi-organisasi berikut:

Ceres (koordinator dan penyelenggara)

The Consensus Building Institute (fasilitator)

CDP

Conservation International

Daemeter

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Forest Heroes

Forest Trends

Global Forest Watch

Green Century Capital Management

Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility

International Labor Rights Forum

Mighty

Oxfam

Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Alliance

Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment

Union of Concerned Scientists

Zoological Society of London

 

Tentang Ceres

Ceres adalah organisasi non-profit yang menggerakan banyak investor dan perusahaan terbesar dunia untuk bertindak secara lebih tegas terkait perubahan iklim, kelangkaan air, serta tantangan lingkungan global lainnya. Ceres memimpin Investor Network on Climate Risk, kelompok yang terdiri dari 120 investor institusional yang mengelola aset senilai $15 triliun yang berfokus pada risiko dan peluang bisnis seputar perubahan iklim dan kelangkaan air. Ceres juga berinteraksi dengan100 lebih perusahaan, banyak diantaranya perusahaan Fortune 500, yang berkomitmen pada praktik bisnis berkelanjutan serta pentingnya kebijakan iklim dan energi bersih yang tegas. Untuk informasi lebih lanjut, kunjungi www.ceres.org atau follow Twitter @CeresNews.

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