In response to recent published reports about us, we would like to share some of our Eagle High Plantations sustainability policies & specifics of how they relate to our plantations PT Arrtu Energie (AER) in West Kalimantan, PT Varia Mitra Andalan (VMA) & PT Tandan Sawita Papua (TSP) in Papua.
Forced or child labor is not permitted at any Eagle High Plantations location. In our recruitment process, there are requirements which all applicants must fulfill. One is the minimum age for our workers is 18 years old. This must be proven by providing a valid ID. We are a member of the Indonesian Global Compact Network & adopt their principles, one of which is No Child Labor.
Pay & conditions.
Our pay & conditions at least match industry standards & the regional minimum wage . Each employee has access to full details on payments as well as employment conditions. Where appropriate we provide housing, clean water, health & education facilities & we respect the rights of all employees to join or form appropriate trade unions.
Communities & our commitment to local sustainable development
Eagle High Plantations is committed to economic development of local communities in the areas in which the Company operates through specific corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs designed for each plantation location. Our CSR programs have won numerous awards, including just recently an award from the Governor of Papua for the 2016 CSR program in our PT TSP plantation.
Free, Prior & Informed Consent (FPIC)
We are also committed to an open & transparent dialogue with local communities prior to any new development, including socialization of the project, participatory mapping & transparent negotiations as well as a clearly stated complaints & grievances process. During the FPIC proce,ss in our PT VMA plantation in West Papua two of the twelve clans with land within our license area freely decided not to participate in our project.
The process for any transfer of land ownership is transparent and identifies those in the community entitled to land compensation, and calculates and distributes fair compensation for the land. In Papua our land transfer process is unique. We do not acquire the land from the local people, rather they have the option to chose to take back their land after one cycle of planting under the Hak Guna Usaha (HGU) plantation license, or they can request the company to continue to use the land for anther planting cycle. During the first 5 years when their plasma plantations are being developed we contribute an annual collective gratuity.
Social Impact Assessments (SIA), High Conservation Value (HCV) & High Carbon Stock (HCS) studies.
We are committed to SIA & HCV assessments for all plantations. Our PT TSP HCV assessment conducted by PT Pollito was completed in September 2010, before we started planting. From the total licensed area of 18,337 hectares 3,860 hectares was identified as HCV & conserved.
Starting 2015, we have further committed to High Carbon Stock studies for all new plantings. In the middle of 2015 after a few months of activity, we stopped all new planting in our PT VMA plantation in order to conduct our first ever HCS study following the new HCS Approach toolkit developed by our top customer Golden Agri together with Greenpeace. Our study was completed in 2016 & as a result almost 50% of our license area will be conserved. The full report is now in the early stages of the peer review process. It is officially registered with the HCS Approach secretariat on their website http://highcarbonstock.org/registered-hcs-assessments/.
Zero burning policy
We have a zero burning policy & the use of fire in the preparation of new plantings is not accepted under any circumstances by Eagle High Plantations. However we have to be vigilant because fires are set by local farmers outside our plantations & in permit areas where we have no activity. This was the case in PT AER. To monitor this we are installing fire watch towers equipped with binoculars & walkie talkies in each of our estates. & to help fight any fires, each estate will also have a water source & a fully equipped fire fighting team.
Eagle High Plantations new planting development
The following is quoted from our 2015 Annual Report, showing how we see our future.
'A demonstration of our intent is evident in the shift of focus away from persistent development of our land bank in recent years to a slow down in planting and land clearing. We will continue our sustainability policy in order to achieve the requirements for certification and we see no reason not to improve still further.'A chart showing the slowdown in our new planting appears on page 46 of our 2015 annual report http://www.eaglehighplantations.com/images/PDF/annuallreports/AR_2015_web.pdf
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