As stated in our Sustainability Policy, Asian Agri is committed in ensuring that our entire supply chain network of 30,000 smallholder partners who adopt best practices in the production of sustainable palm oil.
This sustainability journey is enhanced by our participation in local and international certification schemes that provide access to independent third party certification services, as well as global standards to benchmark the progress of the implementation of our own sustainability commitments.
In 2006, Asian Agri became a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a global multi-stakeholder certification system to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil production. We received our 1st RSPO certification for our estate in 2010, and in 2012, the certification for our smallholder scheme.
In 2013, we helped our independent smallholders to receive the 1st RSPO certificate for independent smallholders in Indonesia. Currently, more than 86% of both owned plantations in North Sumatra, Riau & Jambi provinces and 100% of scheme smallholder plantations in Riau & Jambi provinces have been RSPO certified.
International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) is an international certification system that was established based on an EU Directive on renewable raw products for producing biofuel, food, feed and chemicals. ISCC outlines the need to avoid planting on no-go areas after January 2008, GHG emission reduction and social sustainability.
We have certified all of our mills and estates including those of smallholders under ISCC and have been a member since 2013. Addressing the market demand for low GHG emissions, we installed methane capture facilities in our mills to reduce the GHG emission for ISCC certified products, and plan to install 20 methane capture facilities by 2020. This will help the company to deliver ISCC certified products with low GHG emissions.
Asian Agri also works with the Indonesian Government through our participation in the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) scheme, established by the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture in 2009. From our 1st ISPO certification of 6 mills and 5 estates in 2013, we are now 91% ISPO certified - while the remaining units are on the last stage of certification, and will be completed in 2018.