Yayasan Auriga Nusantara filed a Policy for Association complaint against PT. Bukit Muria Jaya alleging unacceptable activity ‘Significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use’ by PT. Fajar Surya Swadaya and PT. Silva Rimba Lestari. PT. Bukit Muria Jaya, an FSC certificate holder, is owned by the same majority shareholders with PT Fajar Surya Swadaya and PT Silva Rimba Lestari of the Djarum Group and as such, the situation is considered as indirect involvement defined in Policy for Association.
FSC has accepted the complaint but will defer proceeding with an independent complaint evaluation until further notice due to the resource and travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.
In the meantime, FSC will continue communications with the companies to encourage them to suspend natural forest clearance until completion of the complaint evaluation.
A summary of steps taken and outcomes in the case to date.
The certificate holder has withdrawn its certificate in December 2020, thus terminating its association with FSC. FSC has conducted a proactive independent evaluation of the complainant allegations between 2013 and 2018 and is reviewing the conclusions.
Investigation is placed on hold due to resource and travel restrictions resulting from COVID-19 crisis.
FSC accepts complaint and informs parties that it will proceed using an alternative approach. Rather than a formal complaints panel, a GIS expert(s) will be hired to independently assess the scale of conversion conducted in PT Fajar Surya Sawadaya and PT Silva Rimba Lestari in the past 5 years (2015-2019).
Policy for Association complaint against Djarum Group is filed by Auriga.