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THE OBIDIENCE OF THE STAKEHOLDERS TO THE LAWS AND REGULATION IN INDONESIA IS PART OF THE FUTURE IN SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL BUSINESS. IN THE LONG TERM, IT NEEDS PROTECTION OF LAW AND THE PRODUCTIVITY OF THE HARVEST WILL BE MORE.
Learning from the traffic lights for the safety and the well continuity in the way, according to Director of RSPO Indonesia, Tiur Rumondang, is often trespassed by those who drive cars and ride motor.
The traffic lights and signs in the way are the units of regulation which are made for man to avoid the traffic jam, and also to provide safety for the users. This analogy is not too different from regulations in Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil which are voluntarily done by the members in the form of principles and criteria or famously known as P&C RSPO. But sometimes the palm oil plantation companies do not understand, why they join RSPO as the members.
The spirit in P&C RSPO is not the new thing in every country for it is based on the national regulations and laws in its country. So the palm oil plantation companies as the members of RSPO are obliged to cultivate palm oil based on the national laws.
Tiur thought, P&C RSPO are not well socialized and even in the companies themselves. The leader of the company do not really understand about RSPO. “RSPO exists to protect the future of palm oil business in the world and also in Indonesia,” she said.
So the middle and lower management may not understand and know, why the company where they work at, join to be RSPO member or what is the interest of implementing sustainable principles in RSPO ways. On the other hand, P&C RSPO should be done in each line of the company, including the employees. But there are many big gaps because of distortion of information in the company.
“We always remind the management of the palm oil plantation company to educate the employees about P&C RSPO so that every side could involve in producing sustainable palm oil,” she said.
If every side could involve in and cooperate, it is easy to realize and develop sustainable palm oil. The success of sustainable palm oil may occur if every side is involved in the production and successful to do P&C RSPO well.
But there are much misunderstanding knowledge about P&C RSPO and the goals to join RSPO. Some thought, joining RSO is to guarantee the export, especially in the European Union. But RSPO is to make the best and sustainable practices and be the same norm.
Implementing the sustainable and best practices, it is hoped to increase the productivity so that the harvest will be more. The stakeholders, particularly the smallholders, will have better economy. The increasing productivity should be balance with the social and environment around the plantation.
“Implementing P&C RSPO, the palm oil products and the derivatives will be accepted in the markets and the products will be sustainable,” Tiur said.
The Involvement of the Smallholders
Not only palm oil plantation companies, but also the smallholders as the planters wonder about the presence of RSPO. The smallholders may have lack of information. So it needs cooperation from every side to help the sustainable practices in th . . .