As a key proponent of the RSPO, FGV has played an active role in promoting sustainable practices in its application of the guidelines since its inception in 2004.
FGV was amongst the first agricultural companies to obtain the mill certification in 2010; and the first in the world to organise a smallholder group to obtain the RSPO Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) Certification. In the process of certifying our mills, we had also certified about 40,000 FELDA schemed smallholders. Although we had initially targeted to complete auditing all of our mills by 2017, we made such rapid progress to have all certification to be completed by 2015.
However, FGV’s decision to withdraw from RSPO Principles and Criteria (P & C) Certification on 3 May 2016 was made to ensure any issue along the supply chain would be addressed and that the improvements had been implemented. In tandem with this, FGV has started anew in its RSPO certification plans. FGV had undergone a partial certification exercise in October 2016, when it was highlighted that FGV shall not be RSPO certified under the FELDA’s membership. This was due to the fact that FELDA does not have controlling interest in FGV. As such, FGV needed to be certified under its own membership and the request was tabled to the RSPO Board of Governors on 7 November 2016 and approved on the same date. On the 28 December 2016, FGV received its Confirmation of Membership (RSPO) with effect from 27 December 2016.
FGV will continue to move forward with its 72 mills complexes RSPO Certification programme in January 2017.
Apart from the mill and FFB certifications, we also certified four of our kernel crushing plants, one refinery and a biodiesel plant to RSPO’ s Supply Chain Certification System (SCCS).