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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.

Sustainable Palm Oil, a Perspective From an Independent Smallholder Farmer

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Independent smallholder farmers manage over 40% or 4.2 million hectares of oil palm plantations in Indonesia. Roughly, this represents an area similar to size to that of Denmark, but the plantations are more geographically dispersed around the Indonesian archipelago. Indonesia is also the biggest producer of the commodity which is used in a wide array of industries from food to personal care, household products, and even construction.

Musim Mas Is Taking a Good Hard Look at Its Conservation Efforts

By Sonia Sambhi

In its latest drive for biodiversity conservation, Musim Mas has partnered with South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP) to assess the impact of its conservation efforts over the past ten years, figure out its blind spots, and recalibrate where necessary.

Taking an honest look at the company’s conservation efforts is a “colossal task” but shows a commitment to improving both the company-wide and industry-wide conservation efforts as it involves analysing and making sense of the data across Musim Mas’ conservation areas, said director of SEARRP, Glen Reynolds (GR).

Musim Mas Launched First Smallholders Hub In Sambas

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SAMBAS, Indonesia, February 28, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Musim Mas Group officially launched its first Smallholders Hub in Sambas on 14 January 2022 with the local government and key stakeholders.

How to Find the Sweet Spot Between Economic Development and Conservation Outcomes

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Singapore, February 15, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Palm oil major, Musim Mas Group (Musim Mas or “the Group”), the top-ranked Swiss university Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich (ETH Zurich), and IPB University (or the Institut Pertanian Bogor) in Indonesia, are delighted to announce a research collaboration for five years. The collaboration aims to investigate the conditions under which supply chain sustainability initiatives can lead to reduced deforestation in the palm oil sector in Indonesia while safeguarding producers’ inclusion.

Musim Mas Donates $187K to Renovate Iconic Mosque in Medan

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MEDAN, Indonesia, February 10, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Musim Mas Group, one of the leading global palm oil companies, donated IDR 2 billion cash (around SGD $187,000) to the Government of North Sumatra for the renovation of the Grand Mosque of Medan (Masjid Agung Medan).

Supporting Education in Rural Indonesia: Musim Mas' Efforts to Provide Quality Education

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To meet the needs of rural communities in geographically expansive Indonesia, Musim Mas has been helping build schools. These schools provide quality education to children living around the company’s vast plantations in rural of the country, through a foundation.

Musim Mas has a long-standing outreach initiative through The Anwar Karim Foundation, or Yayasan Anwar Karim (YAK), which runs programs that address needs like economic development, community facilities, education, and infrastructure.

Musim Mas Leads in Palm Oil Sector at the Largest Sustainability & Environmental Awards in Indonesia: PROPER Awards 2021

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MEDAN, Indonesia, January 12, 2022 /3BL Media/ - The Musim Mas Group (“the Group” or “Musim Mas”) achieved 11 Green PROPER Awards in 2021 – the highest number of PROPER Awards for a palm oil company, representing results that are “beyond the environmental compliance criteria.” The PROPER Awards are awarded by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Indonesia (KLHK). The results were announced by General Director of Pollution and Environmental Damage Control, Sigit Relianto, and Chairman of the PROPER Advisory Council, Prof. Sudharto, P. Hadi, on Tuesday 28 December 2021.

Musim Mas Supports Over 1,200 Independent Smallholders to Gain Certification Under the New ISPO 2020 Standard- Minister of Agriculture Decree No.38

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MEDAN, Indonesia, December 17, 2021 /3BL Media/ - More than 1,200 independent smallholder farmers from Musim Mas’ Smallholders Program have become the first in Indonesia to be certified under the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) Minister of Agriculture Decree No.38 of 2020 (ISPO 38/2020) standard. These smallholders’ estates collectively cover over 2,700 hectares of land, representing more than 20% of the total 12,600 hectare of ISPO-certified land under the new regulation.

Sustainable Certification In Palm Oil - Always A Work In Progress

By Carolyn Lim

Over the years, sustainability certification systems across various commodities have been both praised and criticized. In particular, the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) has been under intense scrutiny. Greenpeace, Environmental Investigation Agency, and other NGOs have highlighted gaps and areas of improvement for sustainable palm oil and other sustainability certification schemes[1].


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