SNV and Prosympac promote sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia


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After exchanging ideas for over a year, Prosympac and SNV, under the SNV REDD+ Energy and Agriculture Programme (REAP), formally signed a collaboration agreement in the form of a memorandum of understanding on 10 October 2014.

ProSympac is a company engaged in consulting, project management, EPCI and sustainability in the industrial setting Palm and Oil & Gas. Design and development of management systems in Indonesia, which includes the implementation of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, ISO 17025, ISO 17021, OHSAS 18001, ISO22000, GMP in the industry and also the preparation and certification of ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certificate).

ProSympac is in the midst of implementing its investment in palm oil, starting with the construction of two independent mills, which will be located in Bahar Selatan and Sungai Gelam in Jambi Province. They will source from surrounding smallholder farmers. The crude palm oil from those mills is expected to be ISCC certified and the mills in operation within the next 18 months. To prepare for the operation of the ISCC certified mills, the company must first certify its smallholder sources of oil palm. To do this, the company has committed to working with SNV under REAP’s Sustainable Palm Oil Programme.

SNV and Prosympac will be working together on:

  • Avoiding expansion in forests and high conservation value areas using SNV’s Siting Tool
  • Jointly implementing Better Management Practices trainings with the smallholders in Prosympac's supply chain
  • Supporting the development of farmer groups and organisational development for smallholder farmers
  • Implementing SNV’s traceability and forest monitoring system
  • Reducing GHG emissions by using waste for energy, including promoting small scale biogas and providing POME for free as feedstock for the digesters

The MoU also allows for SNV and Prosympac to collaborate on opportunities for funding that may arise in the future.

“I am excited to be working with SNV. We are committed to working together on promoting sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia.”  -  Martinus Nata, CEO of Prosympac

“With their commitments and vision we see Prosympac becoming a model for the industry in Indonesia. If a small progressive palm oil company can commit to and deliver sustainable palm oil, the large companies should be able to follow their example.”  -  Hans Harmen Smit, SNV Global REAP Advisor