How will your organisation promote the RSPO internally and to other stakeholders?
We have implemented a participation policy as a public consultations with the local committees in the vicinity of our own plantation in Cesar Department and in the three subdivided areas in Norte de Santander Department, where our group consists of approximately 250 producers. Theses participation tools has guaranteed throughout the years that any conflict, dispute or simply observations from involved parties ends up in a negotiated solution to everyone.
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?
We have a Quality Management department that has extensively created the tools for implementing the RSPO P&C, by offering training, effectiveness measurement and feedback in the eight Principles and their specific Criteria to our employees at every level of the organisation. Same wise, through our Association of Producers sub quality systems, which is a branch of our core Quality Management system, we have successfully secure that our suppliers are fully aligned with the certification scheme. In the other hand we have a very professional team in each region that works closely with our scheme smallholders, as well as assist them within the best integrated practices.
Where relevant, how will your organisation work towards implementing the RSPO Principles and Criteria or assessing supplier performance against these criteria?
Oleoflores Group through its subsidary Promotora Hacienda Las Flores started the smallholders associative program in different regions in which the group has presence. This has lead to an effective administration of the scheme suppliers (of FFB) as well as having all the technical assistance within the best practices for all of our smallholders. Sustainability practices is integrated in our managment assistance towards all the scheme smallholders and that has allowed us to implement the RSPO P&C in a more effective way. It´s a huge challenge to integrate all smallholders in this practices but Oleoflores has been level-headed in its strategy.
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?
We have a great challenge and a great outcome with the implementation of the Principles and Criteria of RSPO in our first 3,700 hectares with smallholders. We have a greater challenge to the future because we still have to certify 33,000 more hectares of small holders and 2,700 of private land. We know that the good work we have done with our first stage that is about to get certified in the next months, are going to encourage our other 3,000 smallholders to become certified.