PPB Group Included in FTSE4Good Bursa Malaysia Index

With effect from December 2018, PPB Group has been included in the FTSE4Good Bursa Malaysia, FTSE4Good Emerging Markets and the FTSE4Good Asean5 indices. These indices measure the performance of public listed companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance practices, and currently comprise 56 constituents. Index constituents are drawn from the companies on the FTSE Bursa Malaysia EMAS Index, comprising listed firms from across the small, medium and large market capitalisation segments. The index is reviewed in June and December against international benchmarks developed in collaboration with FTSE Russell. The Helikonia team have worked with PPB Group over the past two years to develop a sustainability roadmap as well as reporting and metrics to demonstrate progress, and we are happy to see the hard work of the Group being recognised by the international responsible investment community.

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Musim Mas publishes first Sustainability Report

Musim Mas Group has just published their inaugural Sustainability Report, which provides a detailed overview of their environmental and social performance against their 2014 Sustainability Policy commitments. Covering the calendar years 2016 and 2017, the report highlights the Group’s commitments towards sustainability standards and multi-stakeholder initiatives, and includes their progress towards verification against the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) Charter.

Download the report here.

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NBPOL publishes sixth sustainability report

NBPOL’s 2016/17 Sustainability Report marks the company’s 50th year in operation and outlines our progress as a sustainable grower. The bi-ennial report covers updates on ongoing and new commitments, latest certification efforts, their integrated land use planning approach, and community engagement and partnership initiatives.

Download the report here.

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HCSA and POIG booths at RSPO RT16

This year both the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) and Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) hosted booths at the 16th Annual Roundtable Conference on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT16), staffed by the Helikonia team. This year marks a pivotal point for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the sustainable palm oil community as the updated Principles and Criteria were adopted at the General Assembly, which reflects new requirements to halt deforestation and to improve in human rights protection. Both the HCSA Steering Group and POIG members have diligently worked to contribute to the Principles and Criteria consultation process over the past one and a half years. RT16 was held at The Magellan Sutera Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia from 12-15 November 2018, with over 850 representatives from the global palm oil industry in attendance, including corporate leaders in sustainability, financial institutions, policymakers, academics, and social and environmental NGOs from around the world.

RT16 Group Photo

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RSPO releases its 2018 Impact Report

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has published its 2018 Impact Report, covering the organisation’s progress and activities from July 2017 to June 2018. Since 2014, RSPO has published an Impact Report or Impact Update on an annual basis to document the environmental and social impacts of the organisation and the RSPO standards. The 2018 report also reflects on their progress against the strategies defined in the RSPO Theory of Change, launched in November 2017, and assesses their contributions in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Download the RSPO Impact Report 2018 here.

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Helikonia is hiring: Sustainability Project Manager

Helikonia is looking for a Project Manager to support our client work on sustainability and stakeholder engagement work. We are a small advisory company specialising in developing sustainability reports and policies, and supports a wide range of organisations in working together on projects related to deforestation, human rights and sustainable agriculture. We are a small team based in Kuala Lumpur, but have a large network of colleagues across the world who we work with in virtual teams.

We are looking for a passionate individual to support this work, with a focus on multistakeholder network support and/or sustainability reporting. The job scope will be constantly evolving, depending on client projects and your own performance, but will focus on:

-          Supporting multistakeholder groups, organising meetings, taking minutes, developing briefings, updating websites and managing workstreams and consultations

-          Drafting sustainability reports to a high standard in accordance with international guidance

We hope to get a colleague who is:

-          Flexible: You will be working closely with large teams across the world, so it is essential that you are flexible about working hours to accommodate time zone differences.

-          Adaptable: Job priorities and requirements may change and require you to learn new software skills or familiarise yourself with new topics outside your field of expertise

-          Meticulous: The quality of our work is essential and we expect each team member to take responsibility for outputs and undertake peer review and quality control of project deliverables

We would expect you to have:

-          A Master’s degree in a field related to sustainable development. This can range from economics, legal, or natural and social sciences, but it is essential that you can work with and analyse complex data as this is required for most projects.

-          At least two years’ experience in a corporate or NGO environment.

-          A high standard of written English ability.

-          Robust experience with MS Office and willingness to learn additional IT skills

What we offer:

-          A friendly working culture as part of a small, energetic team based in KL

-          Opportunities to engage with a large network of companies and international NGOs as part of the job

-          Flexible hours on agreement

-          A competitive salary, private health insurance (subject to approval), generous performance-based bonus scheme

-          Opportunity to grow and expand the role: If you do well our flat structure allow for ongoing evolvement of opportunities

If you are interested in this role, please send a cover letter and a CV by 24 September 2018 to info@helikonia.com.my

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Helikonia MD joins Global Reporting Initiative Expert Group

In seeking to review, enhance and build on its support offerings for sustainability practitioners, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) engaged with small group of Sustainability Reporting Experts in July 2018. The Expert Group took part in sessions to provide structured, detailed feedback and input about the skills and knowledge needed by practitioners for the sustainability reporting processes. With stakeholder inclusiveness being central to GRI’s approach to sustainability reporting, inputs from this session will go towards ensure GRI develops solutions and content that match sustainability practitioner’s needs and expectations. Rikke Netterstrom, Helikonia’s Managing Director, was amongst the seven experts from around the globe who contributed to these discussions.

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POIG hosts OC and WG meetings in Paris

The bi-annual POIG Organising Committee (OC) and Working Group (WG) in-person meetings took place in Paris on the heels of the sixth annual European Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil in June. The Retailers & Manufacturers WG meeting took place on Monday 25 June, hosted by POIG member Danone. The Verification WG and OC meetings took place at the Warwick Paris Hotel on 27 and 29 June respectively.

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First Resources publishes 2017 Sustainability Report

First Resources Limited has recently published their fourth sustainability report and will continue to produce an annual sustainability report following the SGX requirements. This 2017 report provides an in-depth review of First Resources’ sustainability operations since their last cycle in 2015.
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Wilmar launches 2017 Sustainability Report

Wilmar International Ltd has recently published their sixth sustainability report. This annual report covers their sustainability performance for the 2017 calendar year reporting on their palm oil operations, as well as their sugar business for the first time.
Download the report here.

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