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Top five highlights from GAR’s Sustainability Report 2023

Posted: Jun 18, 2024 5 minute read GAR 7 Likes

Here’s to another year of meaningful progress and impactful initiatives! Discover our key sustainability milestones throughout 2023.

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Tracking every step: GAR hits 99 percent traceability to the plantation

We achieved 99 percent Traceability to the Plantation (TTP) for our palm supply chain in Indonesia. This marks a major milestone in our sustainability journey, built on years of sustained effort since we launched our traceability project in 2015.

We are now extending our traceability efforts to the rest of our supply chain worldwide, for both palm and non-palm products, including sugar and soy.

Why is traceability so important to us?

It allows us to better manage risks
It offers customers a transparent view of their supply chain
It allows us to know our suppliers and how best to support them, especially our smallholder farmers
It prepares us to meet the requirements of upcoming legislation, such as EU Deforestation-Free Regulation (EUDR)

Gearing up: The road to net zero

We are committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and keep global warming below 1.5°C. This involves significantly cutting Greenhouse Gases (GHG), including Scope 3 emissions, from our own operations and across our entire supply chain.

In 2023, we took a comprehensive and structured approach to building a decarbonisation strategy and a roadmap to cut carbon emissions for all our major companies (entities with at least 50 percent stake).

Our approach tackles four key areas:

  • Implementing No Deforestation and No Peat commitments
  • Realising carbon sequestration from carbon removal initiatives
  • Methane avoidance and utilisation
  • Renewable energy for heat and power

How does focusing on these areas help us meet our emission reduction targets?

No Deforestation and No Peat commitment

By conserving forests and peatlands, we increase their capacity to store carbon, leading to a reduced carbon footprint.

Carbon sequestration

Through carbon sequestration, a process to capture and store atmospheric CO₂, we can reduce the amount of CO₂ in the atmosphere, lessening the impact of global warming.

Methane avoidance and utilisation

By capturing methane and converting it into energy, we prevent the gas from entering the atmosphere while reducing our reliance on non-renewable energy.

Transition to renewable energy

By transitioning to renewable energy for heating and power, we reduce our dependence on fossil fuels – major contributors to GHG emissions.

Investing in communities: Bright Future Initiative ignites change

In 2023, GAR launched our Bright Future Initiative, a transformative community partnership programme. Through this initiative, we work hand-in-hand with local communities to cultivate long-term economic prosperity, strengthen their resilience and self-sufficiency, and support vital conservation efforts.

A pineapple farmer in Kampar, Riau, benefits from the Bright Future Initiative, which helps him innovate new products, manage his business, and access broader markets

Bright Future Initiative empowers communities in several ways:

Teaches them to grow their own healthy food using organic methods

Provides training in raising fish and livestock in new and better ways

Helps them plant crops that can be sold for a good profit

Teaches them how to improve their business operations and management

Links them to wider markets

Shares know-how on expanding product derivatives

Hear from one of our community members who shares her first-hand experience with the Bright Future Initiative.

From homemaker to hen farmer: A journey of community

Bu Ernawati’s transformation from homemaker to successful hen farmer in Tanjung Harapan village, West Kalimantan, is a testament to the power of community. Together with her farming group, she ventured into poultry farming, a field once foreign to her, with the support of Bright Future Initiative.

“The daily promise of fresh eggs drew us to poultry farming. With guidance from seasoned farmers and the resources from Bright Future Initiative, we not only mastered the practical skills but also gained insights into effective business management,” she says.

Currently, she manages an impressive production of 430 eggs per day, translating to nearly 13,000 eggs per month.

Read the full story here.

 

Levelling up: Sawit Terampil programme for smallholder success

GAR’s Sawit Terampil programme bridges the gap faced by Indonesian smallholders in accessing training and resources to improve their cultivation methods. It does so by partnering them with experts to equip farmers with the skills they need to thrive.

A smallholder harvesting FFBs with good cultivation methods – one of the skills trained through Sawit Terampil

The success is evident: by the end of 2023, over 7,000 smallholders have reaped its benefits.

Sawit Terampil project:
Upskilling >7,000 independent smallholders & helping 270 smallholders attain RSPO certification
One such group is Perkumpulan Sejahtera Pelita Nusantara (PSPN), a group of 270 farmers from North Aceh who got Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified in November 2023. “While we celebrate the accomplishments of the 270 farmers who earned certification,” says Fauzan Kurniawan, GAR’s Head of Supplier Transformation, “it’s vital to note that this is just the beginning. We will be supporting more smallholders to become certification-ready in the future.”

 

Learn more about the Sawit Terampil programme here.

Promoting respect: GAR’s human rights workshops for suppliers

11 Human Rights supplier workshops for 310 participants
We go to great lengths to safeguard labour and human rights within our supply chain. One of the ways we do so is to assist suppliers in enhancing their labour policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
Knowledge sharing session to equip suppliers with the skills to uphold set standards, including labour policies

Our support extends to providing detailed training for preventing child labour, and making sure suppliers are well-equipped to uphold set standards. In partnership with a major customer and several Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), we held more than 11 workshops on human rights from 2022 to 2023, reaching more than 310 participants from over 400 suppliers.

By empowering our suppliers with these tools and knowledge, we’re also supporting local communities to thrive, so that that progress in human rights is progress for everyone involved.

 

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Explore the full GAR’s Sustainability Report 2023 and discover how we’re transforming sustainable palm oil.

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