Partnerships – cornerstone to achieving goals

When palm oil is responsibly farmed, it is an effective way to create jobs and alleviate poverty, and provides opportunities for communities to secure better livelihoods. As one of the largest plantation companies in Indonesia, operating largely in rural and remote areas, we play an active role in the well-being of our employees, and in the wider communities and landscapes where we operate.However, finding the best way to operate sustainably often requires new, innovative solutions. We recognise that this is only possible through working collaboratively with relevant experts and key stakeholders.

We implements projects in the following areas:

Smallholder development

Health, labour, and welfare

The interactive map below shows our community outreach projects across Indonesia. Click on the icons for more information.
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Belitung (2 Villages)

Project with 3 villages:
Vegetables, organic pepper,and fish crackers

Vegetables

Vegetables

organic pepper

Organic Pepper

Fish Crackers

Fish Crackers

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Central Kalimantan
(15 Villages)

Projects with 15 villages:
Paddy rice, coffee, honey, vegetables, pigs, roselle syrup and freshwater fish in Sungai Rungau

paddy-rice

Paddy Rice

Vegetables

Vegetables

Coffee

Coffee

Honey

Honey

Freshwater Fish

Freshwater Fish

Roselle Syrup

Roselle Syrup

Pigs

Pigs

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Riau (15 Villages)

Enterprise projects with 15 villages:
Red ginger, freshwater fish, goat, Vegetables, banana & tempe, and paddy rice in Siak District

ginger

Ginger

goat

Goat

Freshwater fish

Freshwater Fish

Vegetables

Vegetables

Banana and Tempe

Banana & Tempe

Paddy Rice

Paddy Rice

Palm Sugar

Palm Sugar

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Jambi
(3 Villages)

Projects with 3 villages:
Paddy rice, vegetables, medicinal plants & herbs

Paddy Rice

Paddy Rice

Vegetables

Vegetables

medical plant and herbs

Medicinal
Plants & Herbs

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West Kalimantan
(22 Villages)

Projects with 24 villages:
Paddy rice, Moringa, honey, vegetables freshwater fish, pigs, goat, eggs and chicken in Kapuas Hulu

Paddy Rice

Paddy Rice

Moringa

Moringa

Vegetables

Vegetables

Honey

Honey

Freshwater Fish

Freshwater Fish

Chicken

Chicken

Goat

Goat

Eggs

Eggs

Partnership projects

Strong partnerships between governments, the private sector, and civil society are required to achieve sustainable development. Many of our projects involve collaboration with partners. These partnerships allow GAR to harness the right expertise and resources to effectively execute, scale and sustain these projects. The partnership models are tailored to the needs of each project.
Peat rehabilitation projects to fight climate change

PT SMART Tbk together with our parent company, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), L’Oréal, and the SouthPole Group are collaborating to rehabilitate and conserve over 2,000 hectares of degraded peatland in GAR’s subsidiary, PT Agro Lestari Mandiri (PT AMNL) in West Kalimantan.

The project covers hydrological management and ecological restoration of peatland within the surrounding villages. Along with rehabilitating over 2,000 hectares of peatland, 600 hectares are allocated for sustainable livelihood programmes for nine villages surrounding the concession. The livelihood programmes helps villagers grow their own and more varied food. Selling excess crops in local markets generates additional income. Read the full case study here.

Partners

Southpole

FIELD

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Read more about these projects below :
Alternative Livelihood
Rehabilitation
Fire Prevention
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Community-owned coffee farms

We aim to build rural resilience. We help villages ensure food security while preserving their environment. The Forest Village Conservation project in Gunung Mas and Seruyan Districts includes the development and improvement of organic farming and coffee cultivation.We assist village heads with developing a conservation plan, which aims to tap ecosystem services from protected areas. Coka Coffee (a coffee buyer, processor and trader) was brought in to develop the SESAMA programme where farmers are trained on Sustainable Agricultural Practices (SAP) for coffee cultivation and taught to prepare land for cultivation without using fire.

To date, four villages (two villages in Gunung Mas District and two villages in Seruyan District) have received technical and financial assistance from our company and partner, Wageningen University (WUR) to develop more areas for organic farming and coffee.

Partners

Wageningen University & Research

Community Economic Empowerment Programs for Rural Communities in Riau Province

GAR, ADM Cares, and Tzu Chi Foundation are partnering on two projects to empower rural communities in Riau Province, Indonesia. The first project will improve childcare facilities (Balai Penitipan Anak/BPA) for women in rural communities. The second project will establish community learning centres (CLC) which serve as hubs for learning and community engagement. Both projects aim to improve income and food security for these communities.

The BPA project aims to improve 35 existing childcare centres, train 60 caregivers, and upgrade the facilities. The longer-term goal is to open the childcare centres to the broader community, not just GAR employees.

The CLC project in Riau will focus on developing a pilot model for integrated ecological farming, the production of commercial organic fertilisers and horticultural crops, as well as integrated cattle management. The project will identify suitable locations for the centres, form twelve community groups, provide training on sustainable agriculture, and promote local products developed by the community enterprises.

Press release: ADM Joins GAR and Tzu Chi Indonesia to Accelerate Progress in Indonesia’s Rural Economies

Partners

ADM Cares

Tzu Chi Foundation

Financial Literacy and Business Skills Training for Child Care Centre (BPA) Caregivers

Visa partnered with GAR to pilot “Ibu Berbagi Bijak”, a financial literacy and business skills training programme for women in rural areas. This initiative is part of GAR’s ongoing programme to upgrade and maintain over 300 childcare facilities (Balai Penitipan Anak or BPA) in and around operational areas.

Research confirms the deep impact of accessible childcare for women. It not only removes a major barrier and empowers women to participate in the workforce, but also provides critical developmental benefits like proper nutrition for children.

Beyond immediate benefits, this initiative also upskills BPA caregivers and equips them with business management skills. The outcomes of this pilot will inform GAR and Visa’s efforts to introduce similar initiatives to other target groups in rural areas.

Partners
Moringa Project

In 2014, GAR subsidiary, PT Kartika Prima Cipta (PT KPC), collaborated with the Dian Desa Foundation to help surrounding communities cultivate moringa plants, process, and market the end-products. By 2019, those communities planted more than 23,000 seedlings and are producing moringa products such as leaf powder, branch powder, seed powder, and seed skin powder to sell.

This is part our Bright Future Initiative, which also includes piloting organic farming plots and other activities to expand and diversify income sources of communities.

Partners

Dian Desa Foundation

Smallholder mapping project

We are working with Neste, one of our largest customers, to boost independent smallholder sustainability. We are collaborating with Neste to bring about Smallholder Group Certification for the supply of certified palm oil. The project is based in Indonesia and focuses on a group of farmers in the Siak District in the Riau province. We aim to help independent farmers adopt sustainable practices and gain wider market access. This is aligned with our and Neste’s sustainability policies.

Partners

Neste

SPKS

Smallholder Rurality Project
PT SMART Tbk (SMART), Nestlé, and the Earthworm Foundation are working together to support smallholders in Langga Payung, Sumatra. We mapped smallholder estates and trained three villages in Participatory Land Use Mapping techniques to build capacity for the communities.We also conducted training on the use of locally available materials to make organic fertiliser and best agricultural techniques to improve yields and soil health. Farmers were empowered to share their knowledge with other community members too.
We established a sample plot for horticulture projects to help promote livelihood diversification and food security. New crops include sweet corn, tomatoes, red beans, peanuts, onions, and rice.

Partners

Nestlé

Earthworm Foundation

Learn more about the Smallholder Rurality Project

Human rights assessments

GAR, in collaboration with Nestlé, the Danish Institute of Human Rights ,and the Earthworm Foundation, conducted a labour assessment of four mills supplying one of GAR’s refineries, PT SMART Tbk Belawan.

The project assessed the current conditions and implementation of labour regulations within five Nestle-GAR suppliers located across Sumatra, Riau, and Kalimantan.

We mapped and identified independent farmers and their sources of alternative incomes, and we are now helping them look for partners to scale their farming.

Partners

Neste

Danish Institute of Human Rights

Decent Rural Living Initiative

The Decent Rural Living Initiative (DRLI) launched in 2017. GAR, along with Wilmar, Sime Darby, Cargill, and Musim Mas, is exploring collaborative ways to address human rights and labour related issues within the palm oil industry in Indonesia.

Four potential areas for collaboration were identified:

  1. Developing a rights awareness platform, with a focus on occupational health and safety
  2. Increasing telecommunications connectivity in rural locations
  3. Spearheading a social dialogue process with unions and workers across South Sumatra in support of a Collective Bargaining Agreement
  4. Improving family well-being on concession lands

These collaborative solutions create impact in three ways:

  1. Sharing data within the group to implement solutions on a bigger scale and learning from good practices of participating growers.
  2. Providing tools to understand and measure long-term impact for existing projects.
  3. Each component serves to complement the others and collectively contribute to support to Decent Rural Living in a tangible and systemic way.

These are just some of the projects where you can immediately help to positively impact lives with your contribution. If you would like to support any of the projects or co-sponsor projects, please email partnership.team@sinarmas-agri.com

Memberships

AVPN

We are a member of AVPN, an ecosystem builder for the social investment sector. AVPN’s mission is to ensure that resources are deployed effectively to address key social challenges facing Asia today and in the future.

We are working with AVPN to explore impact investments and partnerships with the aim of scaling our current sustainability and CSR projects.

AVPN
Food Industry Asia (FIA)

As an ingredient producer and food manufacturer, GAR is a part of FIA, a collective of leading food and beverage companies. It seeks to enhance the industry’s role as a trusted partner in the development of science-based policy in the region.

FIA
Global Agribusiness Alliance (GAA)

GAA is an international, private sector alliance committed to harnessing the collective strengths of the global agri-business sector to tackle environmental, social, and sustainability challenges to improve the resilience of farmers across the world.

GAA
PISAgro

PISAgro aims to promote public-private partnership as a cost-effective way of delivering multiple benefits for wider society in Indonesia. PISAgro has 10 working groups that include palm oil, horticulture, and soybeans. GAR is part of the PISAgro working groups to support agricultural output.

PISAgro
Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA)

We are an active member of the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA), a global public-private partnership. Members take voluntary actions, individually and in combination, to reduce the tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp.

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World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

GAR is a member of WBCSD and its network of over 200 leading sustainable businesses. As part of the Agriculture & Food Pathway, our aim is to lower greenhouse gas emissions from food production and protect natural environments. We are also part of the Equitable Livelihoods initiative, where we are putting the prosperity and well-being of farmers front and center.

WBCSD