For its work in improving the economic and social well-being of palm oil smallholders, Asian Agri has been in the media spotlight recently. Three articles in the Jakarta Post covered the work done by the palm oil company, one of the pioneer corporate partners in the Plasma programme.
The Plasma programme was an initiative by the Indonesian government to ensure transmigrated communities could leverage their relationship with corporate partners to sustainably manage their plantations.
As part of a national policy to address population distribution, selected communities were relocated from the Java to the less densely populated outer islands via transmigration. The involvement of corporate partners helped establish skills, infrastructure and improve social and economic standards of these communities.