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|Member||PT SUKSES KARYA SAWIT (SKS), PT BERKAT NABATI SAWIT (PT BNS), PT BUMI SAWIT SEJAHTERA (PT BSS) SUBSIDIARY OF PT SAWIT NABATI AGRO (PT SNA), IOI Group|
|Date Filed||03 April 2015|
|Category||Oil Palm Growers|
IOI Group is alleged to have breached the RSPO Principles & Criteria, as well as RSPO procedures at the following concession areas as stated below:
PT Sukses Karya Sawit (PT SKS): No NPP published, no challenging time-bound plan, substandard review by Certification Body, land clearing without Plantation Business Permit/ Ijin Usaha Perkebunan (IUP) and Location Permit/ Ijin Lokasi in 2009, fraudulent statement on activity on the ground issued to Provincial authority, no concession boundary filed in ACOP 2013-2014
PT Berkat Nabati Sawit (PT BNS): No NPP published, no proper review of time-bound plan by Certification Body, land clearing without Plantation Business Permit/ Ijin Usaha Perkebunan (IUP) and Location Permit/ Ijin Lokasi in 2009, fraudulent statement on activity on the ground issued to Provincial authority in 2009, no concession boundary filed in ACOP 2013-2014, encroachment in Manis Mata Production Forest (present), local media report report alleges encroachment outside IUP boundary (September 2014).
PT Bumi Sawit Sejahtera (PT BSS): HCV site #2 and forest cleared, canal constructed through HCV #2 prior to New Planting Procedure (NPP), not reported in NPP, deep peat clearance (after signing up to a peat restoration project), land scheduled for development in 2015 already cleared in 2014, incorrect categorization of NPP as "on going" because not all permits were obtained on 1 January 2010, land development prior to NPP, no concession boundary filed in ACOP 2013-2014,
Points raised :
No NPP published, no challenging time-bound plan, land clearing without Ijin Usaha Perkebunan (IUP), fraudulent statement on activity on the ground issued to Provincial authority, no concession boundary filed in ACOP 2013-2014, encroachment, deep peat clearance.
Formal complaint lodged by Aidenvironment on 3 April 2015. The Complainant expected these following actions:
14 April 2015
IOI Group sent formal response to Aidenvironment.
24 April 2015
Complainant readdressed 3 points:
1) that the case is now up for formal consideration by the RSPO Complaints Panel and it is through this pathway that RSPO will make decisions as regard to the eligibility of the case, consequences and next steps;
2) IOI Group is free to take its own actions in the meantime but strongly suggest to avoid creating the impression that IOI Group and the RSPO Secretariat unilaterally reach decisions that involve the use of RSPO's systems, such as accredited CBs;
3) if IOI Group in-house team conducts a good, transparent verification, perhaps IOI Group and Aid Environment can depart from there but only once the Complaints Panel has laid out its position on the case.
5 May 2015
RSPO Technical Team confirmed that PT Sukses Karya Sawit (PT SKS) and PT Berkat Nabati Sawit (PT BNS) did not have NPP notification.
As for PT Bumi Sawit Sejahtera, this is the link for the NPP (http://www.rspo.org/certification/new-planting-procedures/public-consultations/ioi-group-pt.-bumi-sawit-sejahtera-bss).
6 May 2015
Aidenvironment responded on the NPP:
1) PT SKS and PT BNS must comply with NPP even though it started operations since 2009 because they conduct large scale of land clearing since 1 Jan 2010;
2) RSPO must ask IOI Group how many hectares of land that has been cleared without public notification since 1 Jan 2010 and why didn’t they make public notification on RSPO website (for PT SKS and PT BNS).
13 May 2015
RSPO Secretariat has Skype meeting with Aidenvironment.
19 May 2015
RSPO Secretariat has in person meeting with IOI Group in Kuala Lumpur.
27 May 2015
RSPO Secretariat has in person meeting with Aidenvironment in Jakarta.
13 May 2015
Aksenta report (commissioned by IOI Group): " Talking Sustainability: Seeking the Truth. Findings on the Aidenvironment Allegations to PT. BSS and PT. BNS." May 2015”
10 June 2015
IOI Group: "Update on IOI’s statement in response to report and complaint to RSPO by Aidenvironment on PT. SKS, PT. BNS and PT. BSS, Indonesia dated 30 March 2015. The update can be viewed here.
25 June 2015
15 August 2015
IOI Group sent letter to RSPO.
16 August 2015
Aidenvironment sent document of 'Response to the Intertek verification of Aidenvironment's RSPO complaints against IOI Group'.
24 August 2015
Aidenvironment sent letter to RSPO regarding complaints on IOI Group.
28 September 2015
RSPO sent letter on its preliminary decision to IOI Group.
10 October 2015
IOI Group has sent their response on the RSPO preliminary decision.
26 October 2015
Aidenvironment sent their final response on the RSPO Complaint against IOI Group.
14 March 2016
RSPO sent letter on final decision to IOI Group. IOI Group responded to RSPO final decision.
23 March 2016
Aidenvironment sent letter to RSPO regarding its final decision to IOI Group.
25 March 2016
A decision to suspend IOI Group was made by the RSPO BoG.
28 March 2016
IOI Group and IOI Loders Croklaan sent an appeal on the scope of the suspension to RSPO.
1 April 2016
RSPO further clarifies the scope of suspension on IOI Group's certification and its consequences.
5 April 2016
Revised action plan submitted by IOI.
28 April 2016
Acknowledgement of the IOI action plan by the RSPO complaints panel.
3 May 2016
Progress report on implemmentaion of the action plan and request for lifting of suspension made by IOI.
5 May 2016
The RSPO Complaints Panel replies to IOI on the progress of the action plan and the need for submission of quarterly progress report.
Following the joint statement from IOI and Aidenvironment that was recently published, the RSPO welcomes the progress made by both parties in the resolution of this case. This said, in accordance to the RSPO process, the joint statement does not represent an official closure of the case, which remains under the purview of the RSPO Complaints Panel.
The RSPO Complaints Panel has discussed the case vis a vis the recent joint statement, and has maintained its position to continue the verification exercise by sending an independent verification team on the ground. The purpose of this verification will be to ensure that the commitments entered into by IOI are being implemented on the ground. This has been communicated separately to both parties.
24 January 2017
Verification visit to remaining two sites (for PT SKS and PT BNS) is scheduled to be carried out from 16-24 February 2017. Secretariat to request the verification team to include the initial site (PT BSS) in its verification exercise to ascertain progress since the last visit.
17 - 24 February 2017
Field Verification was conducted by RSPO team of independent experts at IOI's plantations in Ketapang - PT Sukses Karya Sawit, PT Berkat Nabati Sawit and PT Bumi Sawit Sejahtera.
22 March 2017
Secretariat to wait for the final report of the verification.
7 September 2017
IOI submitted their 1st quarterly progress report.
19 September 2017
IOI submitted a request to the Complaints Panel to submit their 2nd Quarterly Report ahead of time to ensure that the independent investigation could be carried out in November.
26 September 2017
Complaints Panel approved the request by IOI to submit their next progress report in October.
17 October 2017
IOI submitted their 2nd progress report.
23 October 2017
CP determined that the independent verification can proceed in November. Secretariat tasked to proceed with the plans. The dates proposed for the verification visit was between 16-26 November 2017.
5 November 2017
Secretariat after several discussions with the verification team, who had conflicts with schedules, reverted with a proposed date between 2 – 12 December for the verification.
10 November 2017
IOI reverted with alternate dates in January as it will be difficult to access the sites due to heavy rainfall in December.
15 November 2017
Secretariat had a discussion with IOI to consider the dates for verification. IOI’s proposed date is to start the week of 22nd January.
16 November 2017
Updates on the re-scheduling of verification visit was shared with the Complaints Panel for their confirmation.
21 November 2017 (CP Meeting)
CP to proceed with the field verification in January 2018.
21 December 2017 (CP Meeting)
Secretariat to proceed with plans for the verification exercise.
24 January 2018 (CP Meeting)
The verification exercise is taking place on 25 – 29 January 2018. Secretariat to follow up with the verification team. The Secretariat will also be having a post verification meeting with the team on 31st January 2018.
21 February 2018
Secretariat to follow up with the team of verification on the draft report.
28 March 2018
Secretariat to follow up with the Company for the comments on the verification report.
25 April 2018
To follow up with the verification team.
25 May 2018
To proceed with further discussion on the verification report.
|IOI - Quarterly Progress Update||7 September 2017|
|rspo-complaint-panel-20170620_f-1.pdf||20 June 2017|
|cps-letter-to-ioi-pt-bns-pt-sks-pt-bss-26may2017.pdf||26 May 2017|
|IOI initial action plan||28 April 2017|
|letter-to-ioi-on-lifting-of-suspension_5-aug-2016.pdf||5 August 2016|
|table-of-documents-submitted-by-ioi-since-1-april-2016_5-aug-2016.pdf||5 August 2016|
|joint-statement-on-progress-regarding-ketapang-complaint-29-july-2016-1.pdf||28 July 2016|
|coalition_ltr_dropioi_0612202016.pdf||20 July 2016|
|ltr_ioisuspension_07202016.pdf||20 July 2016|
|First Quarterly Progress Report of Action Plan||27 June 2016|
|Letter on First Quarterly Report of Action Plan||27 June 2016|
|IOI Group - Sustainability Resource Allocation and Policy Incentives||1 June 2016|
|IOI Group Quarterly Progress Update on Action Plan||30 May 2016|
|RSPO Complaints Panel Response to Action Plan Progress||5 May 2016|
|Action Plan Progress Report by IOI Group||3 May 2016|
|RSPO Complaints Panel Response to IOI||28 April 2016|
|IOI's Action Plan||5 April 2016|
|Scope of Suspension on IOI Group Certification||1 April 2016|
|Appeal by IOI Loders Croklaan||28 March 2016|
|Appeal by IOI Group||28 March 2016|
|RSPO BoG Letter on IOI Ketapang Complaint Case||25 March 2016|
|Aidenvironment Letter to RSPO BoG||23 March 2016|
|IOI's Response to Final Decision||14 March 2016|
|Final Decision on IOI Ketapang Complaint Case||14 March 2016|
|Aidenvironment Final Response on the RSPO Complaints against IOI Group||26 October 2015|
|IOI's Response to Preliminary Decision||10 October 2015|
|Preliminary Decision on IOI Ketapang Complaint Case||28 September 2015|
|Letter to RSPO regarding complaints on IOI||24 August 2015|
|Response from Aidenvironment to the Intertek Verification||16 August 2015|
|Letter from IOI to RSPO||15 August 2015S|
|Second Update on IOI's Statement||14 August 2015|
|Letter from Complaints Panel to IOI||10 August 2015|
|IOI's Verification Report on PT BSS||20 July 2015|
|Investigation on Aidenvironment to PT BSS||25 June 2015|
|Response to the IOI Group-Aksenta Verification of Aidenvironment's RSPO complaint||25 June 2015|
|Update on IOI's Statement||10 June 2015|
|IOI Response on the complaints||15 April 2015|
|IOI Group, Talking Responsibility||30 March 2015|
|Too Green to be True||March 2010|
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