|Member||PT Pusaka Agro Lestari|
|Date Filed||21 June 2017|
|Category||Oil Palm Growers|
CEO of RSPO as directed by the RSPO Board of Governors
EIA and Greenpeace submitted a letter to RSPO Board members representing the financial institution drawing the attention to the immediate risk of clearance of large areas of primary forests in Papua by PT Pusaka Agro Lestari, a subsidiary of Noble Plantation Pte Ltd.
The letter also alleged that the HCV assessment conducted by Nyoto Santoso of Bogor Agricultural University for the NPP submission was flawed as it is stated 'there is no primary forests in the proposed location' despite mapping by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry showing mainly primary forests and primary swamp forests. The letter further added that EIA, Greenpeace, Aidenvironment, and Yayasan IAR Indonesia have also submitted a joint complaint to the HCVRN about Nyoto Santoso.
|Status||Box C - Panel Convened|
7 July 2017
Noble Plantation was notified of the allegation against PT PAL. The company was advised to stop all work on the concession until the complaints panel has had a chance to assess the situation.
11 July 2017
The company confirmed that as of 15 June 2017 development at PT PAL 'awaits completion of additional sustainability analysis due by end 2017'.
25 July 2017
The company confirmed that all land clearing has stopped at PT PAL.
4 August 2017
The company was notified of the actions planned by the Complaints Panel which includes:
8 August 2017
The company sought for clarification on who was the formal complainant and the exact nature of the complaint. They also reiterated that they had already issued temporary Stop Work Order. The secretariat replied that the complaint was on the basis of the letter issued by EIA to the respective Board of Governors who have subsequently asked the secretariat to investigate.
29 September 2017
Complaints Panel responded in writing to further queries raised by Noble Plantation.
9 October 2017
Noble Plantation submitted their response to the CP’s letter.
23 October 2017
CP to initiate independent review of the HCV assessment.
21 November 2017 (CP Meeting)
Discussion was held with the Company on plans to proceed with the independent investigation of the allegations on clearing of primary forest and a review of the HCV Assessment. Company is now waiting for the completion of their 3rd party review and assessment related to the allegations. Company to share their initial findings with RSPO on 29 November 2017.
21 December 2017 (CP Meeting)
Secretariat to follow up with the company on their assessment reports and proceed with an independent review of all assessments.
24 January 2018 (CP Meeting)
To proceed with the independent verification. Secretariat mandated to follow up with the Company to ensure that the relevant data is obtained.
|Response from Noble Plantation||9 October 2017|
|Letter from the Complaints Panel to Noble Plantations||29 September 2017|
|Letter from EIA & Greenpeace to selected RSPO Board members||21 June 2017|
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