In September 2015, AAL published an updated Sustainability Policy (the ‘Policy’) that reflects the Company’s ongoing commitment to cultivate oil palms responsibly. The Policy is designed to balance the interests of the environment, the community and profitable economic growth. As palm oil plays a significant part in supporting the social and economic progress being made in Indonesia, and in doing so contributing to the livelihoods of many communities, AAL’s Policy is a demonstration of its support for the long-term sustainable development of the sector.

AAL has for many years implemented sound and efficient practices through the conservation of biodiversity, soil and water, and reductions in greenhouse gasses, while ensuring secure and stable conditions for employees and surrounding communities. AAL’s new Policy extends these practices with the aim of promoting palm oil production that is deforestation free, respects human and community rights, and delivers shareholder value.

The Policy is effective immediately for all new plantation development. “AAL has appointed the Consortium of Resource Experts (CORE), comprising PT Daemeter Consulting, Proforest, and the Rainforest Alliance, as technical consultants to advise on the development of Action Plan to implement the Policy effectively. AAL and the consultants will work with key stakeholders, including the Government and industry bodies, as well as NGOs and smallholders, to ensure a smooth implementation of the Policy”. In particular, AAL will maintain its ongoing support for the community with the provision of health and education programmes to its employees and the communities where its operations are based. It will also continue to support the smallholders and provide them with training on production improvements and sustainable practices in their palm oil activities.

AAL President Commissioner and Astra International President Director, Prijono Sugiarto commented, “This is a significant initiative for AAL, which takes environmental stewardship seriously, and has the full support of Astra International in its long-term vision to contribute to the nation’s advancement and environmental sustainability.”