S’pore-listed palm oil firm found to violate compliance [News]
By Neo Chai Chin, TODAY, 23 Nov 2013
Amid charges that it cleared forests in Kalimantan inhabited by orang-utans, Singapore-listed palm oil group Bumitama Agri has found that it fell short of standards set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and has stopped planting activities by three of its firms.
Bumitama Agri said it is working with the RSPO on a timeline to address compliance gaps.
Investigations by the company showed it had started activities before complying with procedures required under the roundtable’s criteria.
In a statement on Thursday, Bumitama Agri said it had stopped planting activities by PT Ladang Sawit Mas, PT Nabatindo Karya Utama and PT Andalan Sukses Makmur, and would appoint an independent party to audit planting areas managed by these three firms.
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