Musim Mas

Providing Education For Disadvantaged Rural Communities

By Devane Sharma

Musim Mas group believes that education is the key to economic development and better livelihoods. Many of the group’s plantations are in rural areas of Indonesia with limited access to schools. Therefore, the group has decided to build and fund schools that cover kindergarten to junior secondary school levels for the children of its plantation workers. These schools provide free education for the children of the company’s plantation workers. When the students go to secondary schools, Musim Mas also offers complimentary transportation.

Zero-Waste Mills: Overcoming Sustainability Challenges

By Devane Sharma

As one of the most significant industrial sectors, particularly in the Indonesian economy, it’s crucial that the palm oil industry incorporates sustainability into its operations. In every step of Musim Mas’ vertically integrated production, we continuously look into ways to sustainably meet the world’s palm oil demand. At our 15 mills with plantations, we effectively reuse, recover, and recycle all materials during production, effectively operating 100% zero-waste mills.

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Regenerative Agriculture: The Case For Palm Oil


What is Regenerative Agriculture

So, what is regenerative agriculture? While there’s no universally accepted definition of regenerative agriculture, it is an amalgamation of agricultural methods that aim to sustain soil health and not deplete resources such as water while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, regenerative agriculture might improve farmer livelihoods by providing better productivity and enhancing food security as it usually involves planting multiple types of crops.

In essence, the key benefits for the environment are as follows:

Addressing Malnutrition in and Around Indonesia's Vast Plantations


Despite Indonesia’s impressive economic growth, acute malnutrition remains a public health issue across Indonesia, with some places more severely affected than others. Stunting frequently occurs among children, and iron deficiency anemia is common among women of reproductive age.

How to Bring Smallholders on the Journey to Zero-deforestation Food Systems


To combat deforestation, interventions must support both development and inclusion. Smallholders need to be brought on the journey towards zero deforestation. A new research collaboration aims to assess what programmes see most success on these dual deliverables.

Sustainability, Why It Makes Business Sense - A Discussion With Students From the University Of St. Gallen


By Devane Sharma

With the growing awareness of issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution flows and topics like social justice, sustainability moves into the central focus of businesses and regulators around the world. Universities are adding modules and embedding sustainability into their curriculums. One such module is the University of St.Gallen’s (Switzerland) Asia Compact course on “Sustainability in Singapore and Southeast Asia, part of the Masters of General Management program.

Enabling Independent Palm Oil Smallholders to Gain Sustainability Certifications

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Musim Mas assisted the first independent smallholders to gain Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (#ISPO) certification of the Ministry of Agriculture Decree No. 38,2020.

The company's smallholders program has been training smallholders to meet the same efficient farming standards as industrial plantations. The program also features modules covering agronomy and NDPE (#NoDeforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation) commitments. Watch this video to find out how the program helps improve  sustainability, and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

Collaborating for Sustainability: Musim Mas Group & Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food Host Second Joint Supplier Workshop in Aceh, Indonesia

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April 19, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Palm oil is the most widely-consumed and efficient vegetable oil. Its application ranges from food products to cosmetics and even industrial uses. To produce it sustainably, leading palm oil producers commit to “No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation (NDPE)”, sustainability certifications, and “Traceability to Plantation (TTP)”.

Closing the Gender Gap in the Oil Palm Industry

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Support for independent oil palm smallholder farmers has been a long-standing priority for Musim Mas. Since 2015, the company has been conducting training and providing assistance to smallholders to help them raise their productivity, acquire sustainable agricultural skills and the skills needed to gain access to financial services and supply chains.

Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC): Respecting the Rights of Indigenous Local Communities in Indonesia

By Devane Sharma

As one of the global leaders in the palm oil sector, Musim Mas is committed to its No Deforestation, Peat, and Exploitation (NDPE) Policy which covers not just its entire global operations but also third-party suppliers. In particular for “No Exploitation,” its efforts are centered around Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). FPIC is a principle that gives a community the right to provide or withhold consent to proposed projects that may affect the lands they customarily own, occupy, or use.


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