InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food did discussion forum,the 4thSMART SEED (Social and Environmental Excellent Development) in Jakarta. SMART SEED is to take the independent suppliers to discuss and share knowledge about sustainable palm oil plantation practices. In this year, the annual discussion of SMART SEED had a theme, "Mempromosikan Industri Sawit yang Berkelanjutan dalam Upaya Mempercepat Pencapaian Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
Palm oil is the main export commodity from Indonesia. According to Central Bureau of Statistics, the palm oil export product in 2017 (US$ 23 billion) surpassed the oil and gas export from Indonesia (US$ 15 billion) and more than other five plantation commodities in Indonesia, such as, rubber, cocoa, coffee, sugarcane, and tea. But palm oil industries face the challenges and negative perception among the stakeholders both in and out of Indonesia.
As one integrated palm oil industry, Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food takes the suppliers to make positive images in sustainable industries to share and tell the contribution from the suppliers to realize the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Director of Council of Palm Oil Producer Countries (CPOPC), Mahendra Siregar explained that palm oil is the most effective vegetable oil of others to fulfill the criteria in SDGs. Without palm oil, it would be difficult to realize the SDGs and this is not for Indonesia only but for the world too. The government has strictly decided everything to make sure that palm oil industries would not have discrimination from the international.
Managing Director Sustainability and Strategic Stakeholders Engagement, Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food, Agus Purnomo said, his side has done everything to run the sustainable palm oil practices and it is the same as the SDGs.
Agus also mentioned, one achievement in SDGs of the company is in the partnership for the goals. “Through the events, such as, SMART SEED, visiting, and workshop, we take the suppliers to make partnership and implement the sustainable practices in palm oil industries,” he mentioned.
“After reaching and realizing 100% of traceability for the factories of the company, we still have many to do. We aim to realize 100% of traceability of the source of material for the factories from the third suppliers in 2020. This is the first important thing to introduce our suppliers so we could help them to realize the best and sustainable practices,” Agus said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Wednesday (19/9/2018).
Meanwhile, Expert Staff of Coordinator Ministry in Economy, Lin Che Wei explained that what European Union has planned to phase out palm oil - biofuel is based on the social and environmental reasons, namely the forest damages. It is not a sudden decision. It takes some time to press palm oil import, namely for the environmental reasons.
That is why since 2002, a standard of sustainability which was developed by the stakeholders starts running in palm oil sector. It is Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a sustainable certification standard which is voluntarily done, based on the group of its developer. Meanwhile in Indonesia, a sustainable certification system has been developed too, that is, Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). Since 2009, ISPO has been running as a mandatory. (T2)