Sustainability certification is a versatile tool that can be used continuously throughout a company’s growth, and it remains fundamental for SIPEF in implementing its sustainability strategy. The commitment to managing operations in a sustainable manner is an ongoing, transformative process, and certification helps to guide this journey.
SIPEF continued to maintain and progress its compliance with leading sustainability standards. Following is the status of SIPEF’s sustainability standards and certifications achieved, as of April 2021:
RSPO: Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is the leading sustainability standard and certification for palm oil. The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria (RSPO Principles & Criteria) for the sustainable production of palm oil. Since 2018, this has included a prohibition on all forms of deforestation.
SIPEF became an RSPO member in 2005. Please refer to SIPEF ACOP for the latest status of RSPO certification status.
More information: https://rspo.org
ISCC: International Sustainability and Carbon Certification
The International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) standard certifies compliance with the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED).
The adoption of methane capture at SIPEF’s palm oil mills enables the reduction of the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) during the production of crude palm oil.
More information: www.iscc-system.org/
ISPO: Indonesian Sustainable Palm oil
Indonesia introduced a national certification standard in 2011 for sustainable palm oil production, the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) standard. The standard is mandatory for all plantations and palm oil mills in Indonesia.
All SIPEF’s mills in Indonesia are certified in accordance with the ISPO Standard.
More information: www.foksbi.id/en/home/
ISO : International Organization for Standardization
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards are the most recognised set of global technical, industrial and commercial standards for good practices, applicable to all processes and commodities.
SIPEF’s environmental management system in Papua New Guinea has been ISO 14001 certified since 2014. All of SIPEF’s companies in Indonesia have achieved the quality management system certification ISO 9001 as of 2019.
More information: www.iso.org/standards.html
GLOBALG.A.P. is a set of standards focused on good agricultural practices including food safety and traceability, environment (including biodiversity), workers’ health, safety and welfare, and animal welfare.
All SIPEF banana estates under Plantations J. Eglin in Ivory Coast have been certified since 2006. In August 2017, during the recertification of the banana activities, the horticulture activities were also included in response to strong customer demand.
More information: www.globalgap.org
Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standards
The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization working at the intersection of business, agriculture and forests to male responsible business the new normal. The Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Agriculture Standards is considered one of the leading standards in the sector and covers environmental, social and economic topics.
SIPEF’s banana production has been fully Rainforest Alliance certified since 2016.
More information : www.rainforest-alliance.org/tag/2020- certification-program
Fairtrade certification is based on a partnership between producers and consumers, with the goal of improving lives and reducing poverty through ethical trade practices.
All of SIPEF’s banana estates are Fairtrade certified since 2020.
More information: www.fairtrade.net/product/bananas
Sedex is one of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers, acting to improve working conditions in global supply chains.
Plantations J. Eglin joined Sedex as a supplier in 2008. The Group is certified since January 2011 having successfully completed the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA).
More information: www.sedex.com