Complaint on : PT Andalan Sukses Makmur (a subsidiary of Bumitama Agri Ltd.)

PT Andalan Sukses Makmur (a subsidiary of Bumitama Agri Ltd.)

Kotawaringin Barat, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia

Oil Palm Grower

Friends of Borneo/Friends of the National Parks Foundation, Indonesia/ Siesfund, Australia

19 September 2013

The company is alleged to have breached  Principle 2 – Compliance to National Legislation, Principle 5: Environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity : and   Principle 7: Responsible development of new plantings:

It is alleged that the company has cleared HCV  forest and planted in Tanjung Puting National Park which is in violations of the Indonesian national laws. They have also allegedly planted on coastal reserves and riparian land which are prohibited under Indonesian laws.

Box G Closed for Monitoring

The company has acknowledged the complaint despite the fact that PT Andalas Sukses Makmur is not a member of RSPO. The company has pledged to address the issues raised in the complaint.

On 20 September the company replied to the RSPO saying that it is in bilateral talks with the parties concerned to resolve the issues.

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 in LSM. Further announcement was made for NKU and ASMR on the Bumitama's website.
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 6 February 2014
PT Andalan Sukses Makmur has proposed new planting area located in Sekonyer Village, Teluk Pulai Village and Kumai Hilir Village, Kumai Sub-district, Kotawaringin Barat, Central Kalimantan. The summary report of  New Planting Assessment is now open to public consultation as required by the RSPO procedures for new plantings and it can be downloaded here

Update 26 September 2014
Waiting for PT ASMR to entry compensation process
More details are available in the attachments. 

Update Date
Update August 2014 - Letter from Bumitama Agri to RSPO 16 August 2014
Update July 2014 - Letter from Bumitama Agri Ltd to RSPO 22 August 2014
Request to Bumitama before Case Closure 19 August 2014
Update June 2014 - Letter from Bumitama Agri Ltd to RSPO 04 July 2014
Update May 2014 - Letter from Bumitama Agri Ltd to RSPO 31 May 2014
PT Andalan Sukses Makmur reply to Complaints Panel 29 April 2014
Case Update 10 April 2014
Chronology of complaints againts Bumitama Agri Ltd by Aid Environment 10 April 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
Executive Summary 7 February 2014
Reply from RSPO to Bumitama Agri Ltd. 22 November 2013
Letter from Bumitama Agri Ltd. on RSPO membership 22 November 2013
Letter_PT Andalan Sukses Makmur.pdf 10 October 2013