21 March 2016
Golden Agri-Resources is proud to announce that it will be sponsoring the Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture (RBF) on April 25 -26, 2016, in Jakarta. The meeting will be convened by a coalition of organisations including Global Initiatives, KADIN, IBCSD, PISAgro, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and Grow Asia.
Global leaders from business, government and NGOs will come together at the forum to focus on how to boost productivity in agriculture and improve rural livelihoods while minimising environmental impacts. They will also be looking at key issues such as food security, the role of women in agriculture as well as the need for climate-smart agriculture in the face of climate change and extreme weather phenomenon.
“The forum is timely and addresses many topical “hot” issues in agriculture especially improving the lives of rural populations in a sustainable way. As a leading company in the palm oil industry which has millions of smallholders, we are especially interested in helping to raise the productivity and welfare of smallholders. Economic growth can go hand-in-hand with environmental protection and we need to find and share ways to do this,” said Anita Neville, Vice President of Corporate Communications and External Affairs at Golden Agri-Resources.
The forum will also be making recommendations on how to speed up public-private partnerships to drive change on the ground.
“We hope that by the end of the forum we will see workable proposals and the beginnings of new partnerships between the public and private sectors that will help tackle some of the challenges faced by the agricultural sector today,” said Tony Gourlay, CEO of Global Initiatives, the forum organiser.
Key commodities addressed at the forum include coffee, corn, dairy, palm oil, rice and sugar. The Responsible Business Forum is part of a series of meetings which looks for practical solutions to achieve a sustainable world while increasing business and industry growth.
About Golden Agri-Resources
Golden Agri-Resources Ltd (GAR) is the world’s second largest palm oil plantation company with a total planted area of 485,606 hectares (including smallholders) as at 31 December 2015, located in Indonesia. It has integrated operations focused on the production of palm-based edible oil and fat.
Founded in 1996, GAR is listed on the Singapore Exchange since 1999 with a market capitalisation of US$3.1 billion as at 31 December 2015. Flambo International Ltd, an investment company, is GAR’s largest shareholder, with a 50.35 percent stake. GAR has several subsidiaries, including PT SMART Tbk which is listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange since 1992.
GAR is focused on sustainable palm oil production. In Indonesia, its primary activities include cultivating and harvesting of oil palm trees; processing of fresh fruit bunch into crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel; merchandising and refining CPO into value-added products such as cooking oil, margarine and shortening. It also has operations in China and India including a deep-sea port, oilseeds crushing plants, production capabilities for refined edible oil products as well as other food products such as noodles.
About Global Initiatives
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Established in Singapore in 2005, Global Initiatives produces international events and television programming in more than 30 countries worldwide. Global Initiatives promotes partnership solutions to global challenges through film international events, and media projects.
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