80% of the world’s palm oil is produced in Malaysia and Indonesia. Moreover, the wider region is a major exporter of sugarcane, rubber and timber. Our work in Southeast Asia covers a wide range of commodities, including palm oil, coconut, cocoa, rubber, sugar and timber.
We have offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Jakarta, Indonesia. Our team has a wide range of expertise in responsible sourcing and production and in-depth familiarity with local contexts. The main countries we work in are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, China and Japan.
We facilitate engagement between buyers and their suppliers based in the region, focusing on key commodities: palm oil, rubber and sugar. We help the downstream companies engage their upstream suppliers to spread their responsible sourcing commitments along the supply chain, taking into consideration the local context.
We also provide direct and indirect support to companies through strategic reviews. These include recommending current industry best practices and global market requirements, NDPE (No Deforestation, Peat or Exploitation) commitments, conducting risk assessments and prioritisation, developing sustainability policies, and implementing traceability and supply chain mapping activities.
Being a trusted and preferred partner, we coordinate collaboration among downstream companies to optimise impacts on the ground, collaborate with partners and the private sector to expand opportunities for smallholders, reduce the negative impacts of commodity production, and improve smallholder livelihoods.
We support collaboration across sectors and landscapes. We helped RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) to develop international guidelines and standards for the palm oil industry, as well as interpreting the guidelines into local contexts.
We facilitated the development of the Malaysian National Interpretation for the Identification of High Conservation Values (HCV). And, at a landscape level, worked with our partners, Daemeter Consulting, to set up the Siak-Pelalawan Landscape Program in Riau Province, Indonesia, where we work with the private sector, government agencies and local NGOs in developing an NDPE-compliant supply base within the landscape.
We also collaborate closely with Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) Southeast Asia on their jurisdictional dialogues.
Developing knowledge and capacity
Building local capacity is a core part of our approach to achieving positive impacts. Our Southeast Asia team delivers HCV-HCS and RSPO training for both producers and assessors.
As well as public training courses, we conduct bespoke courses based on specific requests. Through the Siak-Pelalawan Landscape Programme, we delivered technical training on environmental management and social issues to the village facilitators engaged in peat restoration activities.
We also paved the way for the long-term involvement of local practitioners in restoration activities in Riau Province, Indonesia.
See our work
The Sungai Linau Landscape Conservation and Livelihoods Programme (SLP)
Protecting peat and forests, and supporting smallholder livelihoods in Riau, Indonesia.
The Siak and Pelalawan Landscape Programme (SPLP)
Proforest, together with Daemeter as part of CORE, is supporting 8 palm oil sourcing companies in meeting their commitments of sourcing deforestation and exploitation free palm oil from the districts of Siak and Pelalawan, in...
Working with smallholders for sustainable sugarcane production in the Philippines
A landscape initiative aiming to enhance farming practices and working conditions for small farmers.
Apical Sustainability Support Programme
Apical, a major producer of edible oils, supplies its products to companies and consumer brands worldwide. Apical’s major activities include refining, processing and trading palm oil.
Working with Daemeter Consulting (as a...
ISF Strategic and Technical support
We are helping to strengthen The Intercontinental Specialty Fats Sdn. Bhd. (ISF) sustainability policy commitments.
RSPO - UNICEF Guidance on Child Rights for palm oil companies
Proforest is working in partnership with The Centre for Child Rights and Business (CCR CSR) (formerly Centre for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility) to develop guidance documents for companies to improve business...