Forest Peoples Programme has been pursuing a major complaint through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) charging the Indonesian palm oil company, Golden Agri Resources, with multiple violations of the RSPO standard.
Despite the fact that the company had admitted problems in the way it acquired lands from communities and despite committing itself to a changed approach, between April and July 2014 eighteen GAR palm oil subsidiaries, claiming rights to 274,000 hectares of land, filed ‘New Planting Procedure’ (NPP) requests with RSPO announcing their intention to further expand their plantations.
Forest Peoples Programme complained that the NPP requests violated RSPO requirements. In direct response to FPP’s complaint, on 23rd October 2014, GAR issued a statement announcing it was withdrawing its NPP submissions and was ‘investigating the matter’. Forest Peoples Programme welcomed the news while noting ‘however we judge companies by what we observe on the ground not by what they say on paper’.