Complaint on : PT Ladang Sawit Mas (a subsidiary of Bumitama Agri Ltd.)

PT Ladang Sawit Mas (a subsidiary of Bumitama Agri Ltd.)

Ketapang ,West Kalimantan , Indonesia

Oil Palm Grower

Friends of Borneo, International Animal Rescue

08 April 2013

The member is alleged to have breached  Principle 5: Environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity and  Principle 7: Responsible development of new plantings

The member has allegedly violated RSPO Principles and Criteria  by clearing HCV  forest and endangering the lives of orang utans found  there.

Box G Closed for Monitoring

A formal complaint has been filed to the RSPO on the allegations against this company. As a result of a directive from the RSPO to the company in seeking clarification, a response letter has been submitted by the company (as attached). The RSPO is now reviewing the specific complaints received against the contents in the companys response letter to determine the next cause of action.

The member has released the following statement:

Update 26 Aug 2013
BGA has responded to the decision of the Complaints Panel of RSPO on 30 July 2013 and the Complaints Panel will deliberate on their response in early Sept 2013. 

Update 22 November 2013
A meeting was conducted on 8 November 2013. Summary of the meeting are listed below:-
a) Bumitama decided to transfer its membership to the parent company, Bumitama Agri Ltd.
b) Clearance activities has ceased since Oct 2013.
c) Bumitama will comply with the RSPO's New Planting Procedures for all future clearance.
d) Bumitama will conduct independent verification on encroachment and deforestation allegation in PT ASMR and PT NKU.
e) LSM will implement actions as instructed by the Complaints Panel that are stated in the joint statement on 24 Sept 2013.
Update 15 January 2014
Action #3 (refer to joint statement dated 24 September 2013)
Two meetings were conducted on 17 December 2013 (LSM-Bumitama Group,Complainants,YIARI, BKSDA) and 22 December 2013 (LSM-Bumitama Group,YIARI) to follow up on Orangutan monitoring and riparian conservation project.Two main actions from the meetings are listed below:

a) PT LSM will conduct vegetation enrichment in a riparian area of 484 ha,in collaboration with YIARI, BKSDA SKW I and Dishut Ketapang.
b) A special task force will be formed consisting of BKSDA SKW 1, Dishut Ketapang, YIARI, community representatives and PT LSM to implement
conservation project and monitor relocation of orang utan.    

Action #4 (refer to joint statement dated 24 September 2013)
Three NPP notifications were submitted by Bumitama and published on the NPP website.SOP on NPP was submitted to the RSPO on 9 December 2013. 

13 August 2014
Official letter to close the complaint for monitoring is sent to PT BGA and copy to Complainant.
More details are available in the attachments below:

 Update Date
Progress report, September 2014 8 October 2014
Case close for monitoring official letter 13 August 2014
Progress LSM Joint Statement June 2014 4 July 2014
Progress Report on Enrichment and Reforestation and Orangutan Monitoring of PT LSM 4 July 2014
Chronology of complaints againts Bumitama Agri Ltd by Aid Environment 10 April 2014
Report_To_RSPO_24_March_2014.pdf 24 March 2014
RSPO_-_Valuation_of_Bumitama_Agri_s_commitments_to_stakeholders_and_RSPO_24_Feb_2014-Reply.pdf 24 February 2014
RSPO_-_Valuation_of_Bumitama_Agris_commitments_to_stakeholders_and_RSPO_12_Feb_2014.pdf 12 February 2014
Progress_LSM_Joint_Statement_060214.pdf 6 February 2014
Update on orang utan relocation and monitoring_8 Jan 2014.pdf 8 January 2014
Update on orang utan relocation and monitoring_22 Dec 13.pdf 22 December 2013
RSPO Timebound plan 091213(1).pdf 9 December 2013
Reply from RSPO to Bumitama Agri Ltd. 22 November 2013
Letter from Bumitama Agri Ltd. on RSPO membership 22 November 2013
 Joint statement by PT Ladang Sawit Mas (LSM) and the RSPO  24 September 2013
 RSPO Response  1 July 2013
 RSPO Response  7 May 2013
 Case Update  18 April 2013
 Case Update  17 April 2013