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Membership No.





Social or Development Organisations (Non Governmental Organisations)



Member since

14 August 2013




Sabah Environmental Protection Association was mooted after the June 1982 Civic Consciousness Program undertaken by the Department of National Unity Sabah. It was registered on 12 November, 1983. It has battled and won to preserve the town padang (1985) and Likas Bay (1997 ? 2001) apart from raising various environmental and social issues and engaging the government to go for sustainable development. Recently SEPA had been instrumental in getting the government to CHANGE its energy policy. By combining strength with 4 other NGOs, SEPA formed GREEN surf to battle against the proposed coal-fired power plant that was finally abrogated in April 2011. SEPA works with communities that are impacted by unsustainable development.

ACOP Report Submissions

Organisation's Commitments Toward Sustainability

  • How will your organisation promote the RSPO internally and to other stakeholders?
    This will be done via our website page: http://www.sepa.my and Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sepasabah. As SEPA is regularly involved with stakeholder consultations and government meeting in regards to social and environmental issues including plantations, we will advocate the RSPO P & C´s, membership and certification as a way forward in improving social and environmental issues regarding palm oil.
  • Where relevant, what processes is the organisation establishing to engage with interested parties, for example to resolve conflict or to use sustainably produced palm oil?
    The organisation has in the past worked with communities that have been affected by up-stream palm oil related activities. Presently SEPA is in the process of working with community that claims to be affected by non-sustainable practices from a mill + plantation upstream to them. SEPA have discussed the issues with both parties and is currently working towards a resolution. SEPA is currently in the process of discussion with the State environment department on setting up a River Action Network, that will recommend best practices to mills and plantations.
  • Where relevant, how will your organisation work towards implementing the RSPO Principles and Criteria or assessing supplier performance against these criteria?
    SEPA will allocate funds to ensure there is monitoring conducted on the web-based RSPO auditing. Along with that SEPA will work towards sending certain identified members for auditing training on RSPO P&C.
  • Any other information that would support the application such as what your organisation hopes to gain from joining RSPO and how it would support RSPO?
    Being a Sabah based NGO, we want to see plantations in Sabah take up not just RSPO membership but certification. Plantations that have certified plantations have better management practices for their work force and the environment.
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