The Group demonstrates its commitment to sustainability through its membership of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (“RSPO”). Compliance with RSPO standards is independently verified.
All its estates, whether they have a mill or not, and including all smallholder schemes attached to the Group’s projects, are run in accordance with the RSPO’s standards, which relate to environmental, social and ethical plantation practices.
The Group’s policy is for all its mills to be certified by the RSPO with any new mills achieving RSPO certification within 18 months of commencing operation. All three of its mills have been certified.
M.P. Evans sees smallholder co-operatives as central to the success of its new developments as they engender a supportive local community. The Group ensures co-operative areas are planted and managed to exactly the same standard as its own areas. Co-operatives potentially give a triple benefit to those living near our operations. Members receive a compensation payment if they offer land to M.P. Evans to develop; they may come and work for the Group for a wage; and in any case, members receive an income from a well-managed and productive asset that belongs to them.
The Group’s chief executive takes the lead in setting policy on sustainability. The Group has a dedicated sustainability manager based in Jakarta supported by dedicated field staff resident on the Group’s estates. In 2017, the Group launched a social survey in collaboration with the University of Indonesia that collected information about the quality of life of people living on and around its operations in Indonesia. A report on Musi Rawas was published in 2018 and the team from the University of Indonesia will now conduct a similar survey at Kota Bangun and Bumi Mas in East Kalimantan. This work will help ensure the Group understands the impact of its operations on those living on and around its plantations.