"The following are abbreviated examples of possible guidelines used to guide management and facilitate certification. These are non-inclusive as presented and serve as samples. Certification programs require specific criteria and auditing."

1 Social and Environment 1

New Community Housing for Workers

2 a Combined River BR

Typical Community Village with Bathroom Facilities 

that open directly into drinking water supply

      • The social and environmental management system is a set of policies and procedures that encourages best management practices with scale relevant to the size and complexity of the operation, the type of crop, and external and internal environmental and social factors.
      • “Sustainable” production is best achieved with the integration of effective programs in social responsibility, environmental conservation, and economic viability.
      • Consistent sustainability can best accomplish with partners including community leaders, government agencies, NGOs, and other stakeholders to ensure that all partners share in the responsibility – and benefits – of this journey
      • Good Community Relations
        The local communities are our partners and neighbors, often contributing to the production and always sharing aspirations for sustainable rural development and a better future, cultural values, natural resources, government relations, and infrastructure. This is achieved by:

        • Ensuring that the company has a legitimate right to land use and tenure
        • providing support for associated smallholders
        • Maintaining communications with local communities with procedures for hearing and addressing grievances and cultural values of local peoples into account
        • Hiring locally
        • Contributing to the protection and conservation of community natural resources
      • Social Management -Fair Treatment for Workers and Good Working Conditions
        • Commitment  to ensuring that all employees, and the families that live on these farms, benefit from the rights established in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Children’s Rights Convention, and in the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) including:
        • No child labor; no forced or bonded labor.
        • Paying salaries and benefits equal to or more than the legal minimum, and a “Living Wage.”
        • No discrimination in labor and hiring policies and procedures along the lines of race, color, gender, age, religion, social class, political tendencies, nationality, union membership, sexual orientation, civil status, or any other motive as indicated by applicable laws, ILO Conventions 100 and 111, and the SAN standard.
        • No organized attempts to influence the political, religious, social, or cultural convictions of the workers.
        • Workers have the right to freely organize and voluntarily negotiate their working conditions as established in ILO Conventions 87 and 98.
        • Equal pay, training, and promotion opportunities and benefits to all workers for the same type of work with contracts that they can understand, and payment policies that guarantee the complete payment of workers on the dates agreed
        • Housing provided for permanent or temporary workers living on the farm will be well-designed, built, and maintained to foster good hygiene, health, and safety.
          All workers and their families

          • have access to adequate food meeting their nutritional requirements, and adequate, clean, potable drinking water.
            have access to primary health care.
          • All children living on farms have access to education.
        • Environmental Management-
        • Ecosystem Conservation: Recognition that natural ecosystems are essential and integral components of the agricultural and rural landscape and is committed to innovating and implementing ways to
          • conserve natural resources,
          • preserve High Value Conservation (HCV) ecosystems and critical wildlife habitats,
          • protect wildlife, and
          • enhance carbon capture and long-term operational and ecosystem resiliency.
        • Wildlife Protection: committed to protecting flora and fauna and to identifying and conserving areas within its concessions and adjacent lands that serve as refuges for resident and migratory wildlife, particularly species that are threatened or endangered.
        • Water Conservation: committed to the conservation of all aquatic resources on its farms, pollution prevention, efficient use, and quality monitoring.
        • Soil Management and Conservation: recognizes that healthy soils are the foundation of any agricultural operation --from subsistence gardens to plantations -- and commits to caring for the soils on which the company depends.
        • Integrated Waste Management and Climate Smart Agriculture: Commitment to programs for managing waste according to its type and quantity, through recycling and waste reduction and reuse. Commitment to reducing climate-changing Greenhouse Gases.
      • Social and environmental management system programs consist of the following elements:
        Short-, medium- and long-term objectives and goals
        b. A list of activities to be conducted in each program, and a timeline
        c. Identification of the persons responsible for carrying out the activities.
        d. Policies and procedures established to guarantee efficient execution of the activities and compliance with the standard.
        e. Maps identifying the projects, infrastructure, and special areas (for conservation and protection) related to the indicated activities or to the requirements of this standard.
        f. Records to demonstrate the program is functioning adequately.
      • Good Community Relations: The local communities are our partners and neighbors, commitment to being good neighbors and a positive actor in local communities.
      • Occupational Health and Safety: Commitment to a program to foster worker health and safety, to reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace
      • Ecosystem Conservation: natural ecosystems are essential and integral components of the agricultural and rural landscape and is committed to innovating and implementing ways to conserve natural resources, preserve High Value Conservation (HVC)  ecosystems and critical wildlife habitat, protect wildlife, and enhance carbon capture
      • The company will conduct a semi-annual review of new works and activities performed by the estate. New projects relating to construction and any substantial modification of infrastructure will be assessed by the conservation manager and manager responsible for community and social relations prior to project initiation and following completion. Unforeseen impact analysis will be performed and documented and remediation initiated when needed.
      • The Board of Directors of the company is responsible for the initiation of the farm improvement mission that leads, in part, to this farm seeking certification.
        Members of the board of directors of as well as representatives of Level Growth, LLC met with the leadership of the Rainforest Alliance (RA) outside of Houston Texas to seek guidance from RA to improve the operation of the farms under its management. In addition to the work involving RA, The company has undertaken a number of joint conservation projects with the Ministry of Forestry and WCS.
      • The company has operated adhering to a social plan that is in compliance with national standards and exceeds these standards in both business and social relationships with associated communities via a Kemitraan program.
      • Company Group Headquarters.
        Document – Policy for Conservation and Social oversight management of plantation infrastructure modification and impact analysis.
      • The company will conduct a semi-annual analysis of social and environmental management programs with oversight by the managers responsible for social and environmental / conservation assessment and implementation. Findings will be presented to the BOD and will be available for relevant employees and appropriate independent organizations with relationships with The company for evaluation such as the Rainforest Alliance and Level Growth.
      • A farm must have a system for avoiding the mixing of certified products with non-certified products in its facilities, including harvesting, handling, processing and packaging of products, as well as transportation.
      • The company's energy consumption is relegated to the use of diesel fuel and fibers from FFB used in the generation of steam.
        The company is in an early phase of exploration for harvesting methane on the farm for energy use and reduction of GHG, and in the evaluation of the production of Biodiesel for plant use.