We strengthened our commitments to sustainable development with the launch of our Sustainability Policy in May 2017. Key principles of our policy are:
Our Sustainability Management Framework is designed to promote Sustainability Policy Implementation and to support continuous improvement of our sustainability performances.
Consultants and Partner Organizations provide valuable expertise and contributions to advance the implementation of our sustainability initiatives.
Our performance is monitored by routine data collection, surveys, assessments, inspections and audits to assess policy compliance and address any gaps. In accordance with the results of evaluations, we review and update our policies, procedures and management plans as needed.
Our regular newsletter - ‘Sustainability Journey’ - provides updates on recent activities that have been undertaken as we strive to attain the highest standards in sustainable business practices.
Goodhope follows the RSPO New Planting Procedure to mitigate negative impacts of new developments. Our aim is to maintain levels of biodiversity, safeguard the beneficial services provided by natural ecosystems, and maintain the resources valued by local communities at our concession locations. We believe that this can be achieved by regulated land-use planning and effective conservation management and monitoring consistent with the results of High Conservation Value (HCV) and HCS assessments
Our efforts to conserve biodiversity and protect endangered species in our concession areas are implemented primarily through the principles of the High Conservation Value (HCV) Approach. Our conservation areas include forested areas that support high levels of biodiversity, and that provide habitats for rare, threatened, or endangered (RTE) species, as well as RTE ecosystems, habitats or refugia. These HCV Areas are designated as ‘no go’ areas for development and suitable management and monitoring plans are established with the aim to maintain and enhance the HCVs.
We place emphasis on the protection of RTE species, including those species classified in the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable (VU), Endangered (EN) and Critically Endangered (CR) at a global or regional level, or whose trade is regulated under international agreements (e.g. CITES), as well as nationally protected species. Routine monitoring of HCV Areas is conducted to maintain biodiversity inventories and to facilitate the development of improved conservation management.
The presence of natural land cover on steep hill slopes, along water courses and around water bodies can prevent soil erosion, slow the run of water, stabilize river banks and help to filter-out water pollutants from surface run-off. Benefits are multiple, including flood control, preservation of water quality and soil retention. On account of such values, we aim to maintain natural land cover in riparian zones and on steep hill slopes and strive to rehabilitate degraded land cover in these areas across all concessions.
We recognize that natural ecosystems can contribute directly to human well?being by providing significant spiritual, recreational, health and economic benefits, including products such as food and timber and cultural services. Such areas of social or cultural importance are identified in HCV assessments by engagement with communities and are maintained as community-use areas. These areas are managed in such a way that allows people to have access to important resources while ensuring that the quality of the resources does not deteriorate or degrade.
Goodhope began to implement the HCS Approach upon the launch of its Sustainability Policy in May 2017. Comprehensive assessments have been carried out by accredited bodies across nine concession areas to date. Outcomes of the peer-reviewed assessments will be used as a basis for implementing adaptive management and monitoring plans to achieve long-term protection of HCS forest areas while meeting the Social Requirements of the HCS Approach.
We affirmed our commitment to prohibit the conversion of peatland (soil with an organic content greater than 65%) upon the launch of our Sustainability Policy in May 2017. We will not conduct new development on peatland of any depth.
In accordance with the RSPO Manual on Best Management Practices for Existing Oil Palm Cultivation on Peat (2012) we aim to prevent the degradation of peatland and associated carbon loss in existing planted areas by the implementation of water and soil management and monitoring systems.
Verified HCV Assessment Reports
The following HCV Assessments have passed the HCVRN Quality Panel Review process with satisfactory status:
Peer Reviewed HCS Assessments
The following HCS Assessments have completed the HCS Approach Steering Group’s Quality Review Process:
We aim to ensure the long-term productive potential of our plantations by implementing Best Management Practices that maximize the efficient use of resources for optimal productivity while minimizing negative environmental impacts.
Environmental Impact Assessments are carried out prior to new land developments in compliance with the relevant environmental legislation that applies in the area of the proposed operation. Monitoring activities are conducted as defined by the assessments and the analysis of environmental performance data contributes to the evaluation and improvement of our environmental management plans.
We work hard to make sure that our operational procedures comply with best available techniques and best environmental practices.
Key principles include:
Recognizing global climate change as an urgent environmental problem, Goodhope is committed to progressively reduce the net greenhouse gas emissions resulting from our operations.
Our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint incorporate many integrated approaches aimed at conserving and enhancing carbon sinks and minimizing emissions of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide). Initiatives are developed based on the evaluation of carbon stock assessments and calculation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which provide the necessary framework and guidance for the company to implement actions to reduce the impact of its operations on climate change.
By promoting and implementing waste reduction, recycling, and energy-from-waste initiatives, we curb greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding the need to send waste to landfill and by providing renewable energy sources:
In all our concessions procedures are enforced to conserve carbon sinks and minimize emissions of greenhouse gases from land conversion:
We aim to maintain optimal efficiency in the generation of electricity by our mills by recycling production waste (shell and fibre from FFB) to generate electricity and by conducting regular monitoring and maintenance processes to optimize boiler performance and prevent excess emissions. Furthermore, we encourage all our subsidiaries to commit to reduce energy consumption and adopt an ‘energy saving’ attitude by avoiding any wasteful / inefficient consumption of energy.
Throughout each dry season, our plantations and surrounding areas are at risk from the outbreak of fires. To mitigate the risk, we have in place policies and procedures that will help to prevent fire outbreaks and reduce damage caused in case of fire:
Since 2008, we have provided firefighting equipment and training to communities surrounding our plantation locations as a precautionary and preventive measure towards communities assisting themselves and providing support in case of a fire outbreak. We have received certificates from the Ministry of Forestry (Manggala Agni) for the establishing Community ‘Fire Alert Capacity’ in villages surrounding our plantations.
Goodhope commits to respect human rights in accordance with international principles:
• The Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
• UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
• UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;
• International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the Fundamental ILO Conventions;
• UN Convention on the Rights of Children (UNCRC);
• UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure.
We implement processes to identify, prevent, mitigate, address and remedy human rights issues and impacts in accordance with the above priniciples.
1. Land Tenure Rights and Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)
We respect the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) to land-use plans for development or conservation. Therefore we aim to:
Goodhope commits to free and fair labor principles and aims to always adopt ethical employment practices including equal opportunities and protection against discrimination:
Goodhope is committed to ensure that Social Impact Assessments are completed prior to development by the company in order to establish an indication of baseline welfare factors and potential social impacts due to proposed company activities. Management plans are developed with the aim to mitigate negative impacts and to enhance welfare. Our programs shall support and promote human rights and shall include initiatives to empower women, children and youth, to promote equality, to ensure sustained food security.
Our initiatives include the provision of infrastructure to ensure that workers and their families have access to basic facilities and services, including clean water, decent housing, and health and education facilities. We aim to maintain and improve services and facilities as necessary to ensure that national standards are constantly met and work to integrate employee health services with community health services so that local communities have access to affordable and better health services.
Recognizing the right of access to and enjoyment of cultural heritage, we encourage ethnic and religious diversity and help to preserve local cultures and traditions, enabling communities to maintain their social cohesion and retain their unique identity. Over the years we have contributed to the building of religious institutions and have supported cultural, religious and societal events and festivities. One of our more notable initiatives has been our efforts to continue to preserve the Dayak Culture in Central Kalimantan in Indonesia. Our efforts have included building a Dayak Cultural Center in both Bangkal village and Terawan Village in order to preserve Dayak dance, sculpture, art and music.
We acknowledge the right to lodge a statement of complaint against an individual or company and have in place a Whistleblowing Policy to facilitate the reporting of complaints such as illegal or unethical conduct. We recognize that any individual has the right to defend human rights and prohibit intimidation and retaliation against Human Rights Defenders and whistleblowers.
Maintaining safe working environments at the sites in which we operate is a top priority. Relevant procedures and action plans are developed based on the outcomes of health and safety risk analyses with the aim to reduce and prevent hazards and risks.
We provide personal protective equipment and training on health and safety to enable all employees to safeguard themselves while carrying out their duties at work.
Safety Performance at our plantations and mills is monitored by a series of regular assessments, inspections and audits. We calculate Safety Performance Indices (SPI) as a measure of our progress towards meeting health and safety goals and continue to evaluate our performance and develop and implement action plans to enhance the delivery of our commitments.
The polyclinics at our plantation locations are established to deal with the treatment of injuries, illnesses and medical emergencies and provide employees with services such as medical tests, immunizations and family planning.
We provide employees with opportunities to partake in a range of activities and programs that are organized and delivered to enhance the wellbeing of participants. Amenities such as recreational and leisure facilities have been provided for employees in plantation locations.
We believe that education is the right of every child and a key pillar for community growth and development.
We aim to ensure that all children living in and around our estates are given opportunities to obtain a quality primary education and to develop skills to improve their future outlook.
Our educational programs are managed by the Agro Harapan Foundation (Yayasan Agro Harapan). Established in 2008, the Foundation aims to improve access to education and strengthen the quality of education available for students from kindergarten right through to senior high school.
The Agro Harapan Foundation manages 13 of its own schools, and supports a further 17 Community Schools. In the period June 2018/19 1 total of 3,492 students attended the schools in our concessions.
To strengthen the capacity of our educational services, the foundation works to:
We aim to 'educate for sustainability' by working with teachers and relevant organizations to embed sustainability into the teaching curriculum and to promote sustainability initiatives in schools. Our aim is to build awareness and knowledge on environmental, economic, and social components of sustainability, providing motivation to take action and encouraging values such as critical thinking and innovation, thereby empowering students to contribute to solutions for more sustainable ways of living.
We support programs and activities aimed at developing sustainable livelihoods for the long-term benefit of the communities surrounding our plantation operations.
Our main aim is to enhance the capacity of local communities to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from sustainable income opportunities.
Some key initiatives are:
We aim to ensure that the right programs are delivered to meet the aspirations of local communities and that sustainable development is promoted
Goodhope is working on creating a fully traceable supply chain that is inclusive of smallholders and outgrowers that supply FFB to our mills and that is fully compliant with our responsible sourcing commitments.
As part of our traceability and responsible sourcing programs, we are:
Third-Party Supplier Risk Management
We will increasingly engage with suppliers to promote and evaluate compliance with our responsible sourcing commitments consistent with our Sustainability Policy.
Supplier evaluations, including risk assessments relating to supplying plantations and FFB sourcing by supplying palm oil mills, will enable the prioritization of our efforts, focusing on parts of our supply chain which pose the greatest risk, and where improvements will make the most impact.
Through our engagement processes we aim to encourage the implementation of improved practices across our entire supply chain in line with standards for the productions of sustainable palm oil.
We will deal with any complaints that involve third party suppliers in accordance with our grievance approach.
Goodhope respects the rights of stakeholders to file a complaint and adopts a transparent approach to identify and address stakeholder concerns, to seek solutions to any problems, and to deal with all complaints in a fair, responsible and consistent manner.
Complaints can be identified and received through the following channels:
o Formal complaint systems: via phone call, email, letter or RSPO complaints system
o Direct engagement with stakeholders
o International or national media and publicly available reports
All complaints will be addressed in a timely manner within an appropriate timeframe according to our standardized Grievance Approach. See the Key Steps of our Grievance Procedure
We aim to to ensure fairness and transparency throughout the grievance handling process and pledge to:
Allow grievance raisers to lodge an appeal by providing information about problems they deem not adequately addressed.