Positive Social Impacts
SIPEF believes in being a responsible employer and a “good neighbour”, and translates these concepts into realities.
Fair labour practices are the norm in all our operations. Permanent and casual workers alike are employed according to labour regulations, and receive fair pay. There is no tolerance for trafficked or forced labour; for the presence of under-age workers; or for any form of discrimination.
Safety at work is ensured through continuous training, by the provision of appropriate protective equipment, and by internal supervision and control systems. Every working day starts with a safety briefing.
Most of our employees and their families live within our operations. SIPEF provides them with housing, clean water, medical services, and ensures access to education for all their children.
Our operations form part of larger landscapes, natural and social. Long-term relationships are formed between them and the local communities.
A thorough Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) process is critical to the long-term success of any new operation.
Employment and business opportunities become available as the operations mature and grow. Regular consultations with the communities in contact with our operations are conducted.
Communities in our areas are mostly engaged in farming, including oil palm. We support their activities when they express their interest.
In Indonesia, SIPEF supplies planting material and management to hundreds of families, and guarantees access to the market at favourable terms.
In Papua New Guinea, about 3 700 smallholders supply fruit to our palm oil mills. They contribute half of the volume produced by Hargy Oil Palms. Hargy always gives priority to the smallholder crop.
Both in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, SIPEF is more than a buyer, it is a partner, for the long term.