InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Palm oil plantation company, Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food, anak perusahaan dari Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), Thursday, (7/12/2017) held an event, SMART SEED III (Social and Environmental Excellence Development) in Hotel Pullman, Jakarta. The third event was a development training to the independent suppliers about the importance to have good economy and social from the traceability and the fair labor, to explore some best practices in the actualization, and how to handle the challenges
There were lots of speaker from agribusiness companies, industrial association, the government, the multilateral organizations, such as, IDH, Agricinal, SNV, Neste, Ministry of Labor, KSPSI ILO, IPOA, Cargil, and the representatives of Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food. They shared knowledge and skills to 200 participants in a two – session pane. The training also prepared the suppliers to join the Traceablity to Plantation (TTP) program that Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food runs, and to train them about how to increase the labor practice in the industries.
In his speech, Director of Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food, Dr. Ing. Gianto Widjaja, said, his side hoped that the event would not be an event only but should also be the chance for the others to cooperate, share about the success in the sustainable practices in the field and could get the solution in every issue in palm oil plantation sector. “As a business, we do need suggestion, lead, and recommendation from the stakeholders to make better palm oil, to be better and more responsible in the environment cultivation and management, could give the real help to increase the welfare of the people around, and Indonesia in general,” he said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
Managing Director Sustainability and Strategic Stakeholder Engagement Golden Agri-Resources, Agus Purnomo, said, the traceability needs intensive efforts and time. His side tries to make it easier in the process and give practical guidance to the suppliers. “We would help them to solve the challenge in the process, and support them to implement the sustainable practice,” he said.
For information, GAR is in process to have 100 percent of traceability in the plantation for the independent supplier. It hoped, it would be realized in 2020.
Head of Sub Directorate, Ministry of Labor and Transmigration, Sumondang said, the rights of the workers would fulfill the good relation of the company and the workers. This would be positive to palm oil products to be sold to the other countries. “For the significant social and environmental done by big palm oil plantation companies in this country, palm oil becomes one mainstay product from Indonesia,” he said.
Besides the supplier, the training was attended by Nestle, as the representative of the customers, and international NGOs, such as, World Wildlife Fund, Aidenvironment, PKPA, Koltiva, Daemeter, Geotraceability, TFT, SPSI, CNV, SNV, and IDH.
The SMART SEED training would regularly be done to increase the social and environmental practice to produce palm oil through the active participation of the suppliers. The success of the program would be seen from the previous training that helped independent smallholders to learn and got Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification, and got access to the innovative financing from the government of Indonesia, and Indonesian Chambers. The training was supported by the regular field visit to the suppliers to handle the individual problems, special training, and special helps for the suppliers.(T2)