Sustainability

Socfindo is first and foremost a Plantation Company making the agronomic decisions and investment to allow the plantation to thrive focusing on long term productive gains. A disciplined approach which focuses on continuous productivity of land and reducing waste is at the heart of Socfindo’s success. These two core aspects of sustainability have been ingrained practices in Socfindo since its founding in 1911, long before the concepts of sustainability had been formally conceptualized.

Our focus has always been on our actions and mindful management in a disciplined manner, focusing on results, the land and our people. This is reflected today in sustainability being a core part of our business, with 100% of our palm products being certified under the RSPO and traceable to the plantation level. Socfindo is committed to continual incremental improvement in sustainability performance and to continue its efforts to play its part as a responsible producer of sustainable palm oil.

Socfindo Conservation

Socfindo established "Socfindo Conservation" in 2019 as an umbrella platform to manage specific sustainability programs that have an external interface with the community or other third parties.

Socfindo Conservation's mission is to identify opportunities that have positive impacts within the local communities and environment where Socfindo operates its plantations thereby contributing to the long term sustainable development of North Sumatra, Aceh and Indonesia.

Socfindo Conservation's goal is to deliver long term positive impact through programs focusing on education, conservation of biodiversity & cultural heritage and community empowerment.

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Medicinal Garden Project

Currently Socfindo Conservation’s flagship project is a medicinal garden, a concept known in Indonesia as Toga (Tanaman Obat Keluarga - Family Medicinal Garden). This is a place where the diversity of plants meets herbal remedies, in a tradition that is part of the cultural heritage of Indonesia. The project is managed by the female-led Toga team which is a collaboration between Socfindo employees and their wider families.

The garden’s purpose is to contribute to the preservation of biological and cultural diversity of Indonesia by collecting and planting medicinal plants, and recording their traditional uses and recipes associated with its use. As well as a physical garden, an online database of plant knowledge is created as an educational resource for all to share and use.

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Sustainability Report


As an example of our commitment to continually evolve our sustainability efforts, we have recently published our second Sustainability Report prepared under the GRI reporting format.

This report now also covers our rubber operations and provides a transparent window on how we manage sustainability, our policies and a snapshot of our performance across a range of material environmental and social parameters.

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Policies

Socfin Group Responsible Management Policy

Socfindo is part of the Socfin Group and as such its Sustainability strategy, policy and decision making adheres to Socfin Responsible Management Policy of 28 March 2017.

Socfindo Code of Ethics

In addition and supplementary to our sustainability polices, we have adopted the group corporate code of ethics and rules for governance when dealing with third parties: Corporate and Suppliers Codes of Ethics.

Socfindo Sustainability Policies

Socfindo has adopted the following Sustainability Policies which encapsulate Socfindo’s current commitments and strategic priorities in relation to Sustainability. These policies are implemented, socialised and monitored at all Socfindo’s operations and sites and form the strategic high level guidance across Socfindo around which we direct our sustainability efforts. These policies will be reviewed, refined and updated as our understanding of sustainability, our priorities and our capabilities evolve over time.

Socfindo Quality Management System

In addition to our sustainability policies, our Quality Policy describes how Socfindo addresses the quality of its products and services as well as its quality management system.

Sustainability Performance

For a detailed overview of our current sustainability performance across a full range of material sustainability parameters, please see our latest sustainability report.