Director of The Forest Trust (TFT) Hilary Thompson was on the speaking panel. She explained how collaboration between Apical and TFT has helped fast-track Apical’s sustainability policy implementation and increase traceability and sustainability across the supply chain. Along with palm oil producer Asian Agri, Apical became a TFT member in June 2015.
Apical has three refineries located in Dumai, Tanjung Balai and Marunda. Apical’s crude palm oil is 100% traceable to its processing mill (first level traceability). TFT is currently working with Asian Agri to increase traceability back to the plantation (second level traceability). Ms Thompson acknowledged that scaling up sustainability programme would not be easy as most suppliers are smallholders.