Palm Oil

Zero-Waste Mills: Overcoming Sustainability Challenges

By Devane Sharma

As one of the most significant industrial sectors, particularly in the Indonesian economy, it’s crucial that the palm oil industry incorporates sustainability into its operations. In every step of Musim Mas’ vertically integrated production, we continuously look into ways to sustainably meet the world’s palm oil demand. At our 15 mills with plantations, we effectively reuse, recover, and recycle all materials during production, effectively operating 100% zero-waste mills.

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Regenerative Agriculture: The Case For Palm Oil


What is Regenerative Agriculture

So, what is regenerative agriculture? While there’s no universally accepted definition of regenerative agriculture, it is an amalgamation of agricultural methods that aim to sustain soil health and not deplete resources such as water while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, regenerative agriculture might improve farmer livelihoods by providing better productivity and enhancing food security as it usually involves planting multiple types of crops.

In essence, the key benefits for the environment are as follows:

Enabling Independent Palm Oil Smallholders to Gain Sustainability Certifications

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Musim Mas assisted the first independent smallholders to gain Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (#ISPO) certification of the Ministry of Agriculture Decree No. 38,2020.

The company's smallholders program has been training smallholders to meet the same efficient farming standards as industrial plantations. The program also features modules covering agronomy and NDPE (#NoDeforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation) commitments. Watch this video to find out how the program helps improve  sustainability, and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

Collaborating for Sustainability: Musim Mas Group & Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food Host Second Joint Supplier Workshop in Aceh, Indonesia

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April 19, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Palm oil is the most widely-consumed and efficient vegetable oil. Its application ranges from food products to cosmetics and even industrial uses. To produce it sustainably, leading palm oil producers commit to “No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation (NDPE)”, sustainability certifications, and “Traceability to Plantation (TTP)”.

Closing the Gender Gap in the Oil Palm Industry

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Support for independent oil palm smallholder farmers has been a long-standing priority for Musim Mas. Since 2015, the company has been conducting training and providing assistance to smallholders to help them raise their productivity, acquire sustainable agricultural skills and the skills needed to gain access to financial services and supply chains.

Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC): Respecting the Rights of Indigenous Local Communities in Indonesia

By Devane Sharma

As one of the global leaders in the palm oil sector, Musim Mas is committed to its No Deforestation, Peat, and Exploitation (NDPE) Policy which covers not just its entire global operations but also third-party suppliers. In particular for “No Exploitation,” its efforts are centered around Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). FPIC is a principle that gives a community the right to provide or withhold consent to proposed projects that may affect the lands they customarily own, occupy, or use.

Sustainable Palm Oil, a Perspective From an Independent Smallholder Farmer

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Independent smallholder farmers manage over 40% or 4.2 million hectares of oil palm plantations in Indonesia. Roughly, this represents an area similar to size to that of Denmark, but the plantations are more geographically dispersed around the Indonesian archipelago. Indonesia is also the biggest producer of the commodity which is used in a wide array of industries from food to personal care, household products, and even construction.

Forest Positive Coalition Launches Palm Oil Deforestation Monitoring and Response Framework

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The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Forest Positive Coalition has today published a Framework to proactively monitor and address deforestation and peat non-compliances linked to palm oil supply chains.

Musim Mas Is Taking a Good Hard Look at Its Conservation Efforts

By Sonia Sambhi

In its latest drive for biodiversity conservation, Musim Mas has partnered with South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP) to assess the impact of its conservation efforts over the past ten years, figure out its blind spots, and recalibrate where necessary.

Taking an honest look at the company’s conservation efforts is a “colossal task” but shows a commitment to improving both the company-wide and industry-wide conservation efforts as it involves analysing and making sense of the data across Musim Mas’ conservation areas, said director of SEARRP, Glen Reynolds (GR).

Musim Mas Launched First Smallholders Hub In Sambas

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SAMBAS, Indonesia, February 28, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Musim Mas Group officially launched its first Smallholders Hub in Sambas on 14 January 2022 with the local government and key stakeholders.


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