Indofood implements various environmental management programs as part of CSR. These include:
- Sustainable Plantations
Through its Agribusiness Group, the Company is actively engaged in the sustainable production of palm oil. We benchmark our efforts to the best industry sustainability practices and standards. We have made a commitment to achieve the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (“RSPO”) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (“ISPO”) for all our estates and palm oil mills by 2019. As of 2016, it achieved total RSPO and ISPO certified CPO production of 388 thousand tonnes and 255 thousand tonnes, respectively. This represented 47% and 31% of total CPO production for 2016. We adopt a zero burning policy to reduce carbon footprint, and maintain the High Conservation Value (“HCV”) areas in accordance with RSPO and ISPO requirements. We are phasing out the use of paraquat by exploring alternative herbicides, and taking advantage of the high potassium content found in by-products to replace the use of chemical fertilizers.
To ensure an implementation of the best practices in environmental management, Indofood voluntarily conducts self-assessment of Pollution Control, Evaluation and Rating (PROPER) that is in line with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Republic of Indonesia’s program. The assessment covers aspects related to documentation, environmental permits, water and air pollution control, hazardous waste management, and the monitoring of environmental parameters according to prevailing regulations. In 2016, seven of our operating units who were assessed in the PROPER by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Republic of Indonesia have been awarded the Green Rating.
- Environmental Management System
The Company has implemented an Environmental Management System (“EMS”), which enables a number of operating units within the Bogasari and CBP (which includes the Noodles, Dairy, Nutrition & Special Foods and Packaging Divisions) Groups to be awarded ISO 14001. We are committed to implementing the EMS across all operating units.
- Energy Management
Indofood continues to develop its energy management systems and practices through implementation of energy efficient programs and renewable energy alternatives. During the year, energy management measures such as the construction of skylights and the conversion to LED lights have lowered energy consumption of lighting. Our Agribusiness Group reported that 99% of the fuel used comes from renewable agriculture by-products, shell and fiber.
- Water Management
Indofood are fully committed to improve the way we manage and utilize water. These include responsible sourcing of water and discharging of wastewater, the efficient usage of water across all units, and the implementation of a clean-in-place system for washing of equipment. We have collaborated with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on a tree planting program in the protected forest of Jumok, Mulyosari Village, East Java, to restore the riverbanks of Brantas located in the valley of Mount Wilis. We will continue to monitor the conservation of trees using geo-tagged photographs, as well as develop biopores and infiltration wells at our operating units to increase the absorption capacity of ground water.
- Waste Management
Indofood works together with other industries to form the Packaging and Recycle Alliance for Indonesia Sustainable Environment (“PRAISE”), a coalition to tackle and identify practical solutions for urban waste management. PRAISE conducts regular discussions, dialogs and information sharing sessions, supported by members ranging from academics and industry practitioners, to representatives from government and non-government organizations.
- Responsible Packaging Initiative
All Indofood products are packed to the requirements set by the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (“BPOM”). Being a responsible food manufacturer, Indofood is constantly exploring avenues to make the product packaging environmentally safe. For instance, the Bogasari Group was the first wheat flour producer in Indonesia to start using degradable polypropylene 25-kg packaging for its products.