Palm oil trees are amazing natural resources, high-yielding and high land efficiency compared with other similar crops. Blessed with the optimum natural characteristics and weather condition for palm oil tree cultivation, palm oil has become one of Indonesia’s most successful agricultural products and largest agricultural exports with value reaching US$ 18.64 billion in 2015 and 8% annual growth. Palm oil has become one of Indonesia’s economic anchors, contributing to 1.6% of the national GDP, providing livelihood for more than 4.5 million of people, most of them in rural, remote and poor areas. It provides the means of income and economic development to the country and its people.
Alongside with the increase of global demand for palm oil, stakeholders’ concern towards sustainable and responsible palm oil practices has increased, especially in these last few years. As a response to this increasing concerns, Tunas Sawa Erma Group is committed to implement sustainable and responsible palm oil production, which includes compliance to all relevant laws and regulations, conservation of biodiversities, eco-friendly operations, labor practices, protection of human rights, and improvement of local communities’ livelihoods. It is critical for us that all parts of our palm oil products are produced in environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner. We endorse the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and as the primary sustainability standard for palm oil products and support the efforts of the ISPO to develop mechanisms to distinguish sustainable palm oil products.