How we work with New Britain Palm Oil on Palm Oil
TFT’s relationship with NBPOL started in April 2012 while conducting a Responsible Sourcing Guideline assessment for Nestlé. We then worked together to develop NBPOL’s Forest Policy and ‘Values Based Approach’ aimed at ensuring ecologically viable forest areas are protected while respecting community rights, needs and aspirations. NBPOL became a TFT Member in February 2013.
To date our shared work has included High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) assessments and participatory land use planning across;
- Organgerie Bay landscape, Central Province, PNG, during 2012, 2014 and 2016
- 35 new leases, Oro Province, PNG, during 2015
- Guadalcanal plains landscape, Guadalcanal Province, Solomon Islands, during 2016
- Markham Valley landscape, Morobe Province, PNG, during 2016 and 2017
We’ve trailed the integration of HCSA with High Conservation Values (HCV) and Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) procedures, mapped land use and cover across the landscape (in addition to the target lease area) to include a wider group of stakeholders in the planning process (e.g. future smallholders) and shared our lessons learned to help progress the development of the HCSA Toolkit (Version 1 and 2) through the HCSA Steering Group.
We’ve carried out Community Needs Assessments using the Forest Policy’s One Hour Principle (access to clean water, medical clinics and schools within one hour walk) and used this to develop community needs projects with co-financing, including from TFT buyer Members.
Planned work is focusing on refining companywide social procedures for new developments. We will work with local teams to resolve inconsistencies and inefficiencies to provide internal and external guidance (e.g. to RSPO and HCSA groups) suitable to small and medium sized growers and traditional land rights, as is required in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Central to this are procedures for participatory land use mapping and planning.
HCSA forest identification and participatory land use planning with local land owners, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, 2015
Forest identification, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, 2015