Issued on October 31 2019, the ANJ Sustainability Policy is our commitment to Sustainable Development in the Oil Palm Industry. This policy is formulated in a way that it supports the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals and links them to our Sustainable Development Approach. It demonstrates that we are practitioners of Responsible Development in the oil palm sector. The guiding principles of Corporate and Social Responsibility, Transparency, and No Exploitation thread through the entire policy. The foundation of this policy has three key elements: (1) Long-term economic viability (Prosperity), (2) Human well-being (People), and (3) Stewardship of natural resources and management of the environment (Planet). This policy aims to balance prosperity, the well-being of people, and environmental management.

Brief Summary

The structure of the policy is such that it identifies the core components of each key element, ensuring maximum coverage and supporting our commitment to Sustainable Development. The coverage encompasses legal compliance, good governance, the recognition of human rights, and positive engagement with all stakeholders. Environmental stewardship prioritizes the protection of natural areas of importance and efforts to minimize and manage pollution in our business operations. 

We support Responsible Business Practices, which is the foundation for implementing all elements of the policy. Realization of this policy is dependent on business profitability.

We are guided by an adaptive management approach which allows us to incrementally achieve full requirements of sustainability. This policy is a living document and its implementation will be phased and continuous.

This policy is supplemented by a set of guidance which explains the approach taken towards implementing this policy. Various key elements are expanded to provide a better understanding of this policy.

ANJ’s commitment to sustainable palm oil production takes into consideration the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. In addition to this, we fully subscribe to the three key elements of Sustainable Development, which aims to satisfy the current environmental, social, and economic needs without sacrificing the sustenance of future generation. The elements being;

1. Long-term economic viability (Prosperity),

2. Human well-being (People), and

3. Stewardship of natural resources and management of the environment (Planet).

These key elements become the foundation pillars of our commitment to sustainability because we care about what we do, and how we impact others and the environment. In view of this, our commitment is extended to all associates and business partners in the oil palm sector.

As a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we aim to fully comply with the RSPO Principles & Criteria and its ancillary requirements. This is a long-term commitment.

Guiding Principles of the Sustainability Policy

1. Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR)

2. Transparency

3. No Explotation 

Examples of Key Elements of Sustainable Development

1. Long-Term Economic Viability (Prosperity) 

Long-term economic viability refers to the ability and capacity of a company to make reasonable and sustainable profit. The subset of this element includes Responsible Business Practice that requires ANJ to:

  • Take into consideration ethical, environmental and social factors in striving for profitability through Compliance with local laws and regulations
  • Commitment to Good Corporate Governance
  • Subscribe to fair and ethical Code of Conduct
  • Compliance to the requirements of RSPO P&C and Traceability. 

2. Human Well-Being (People)

The subset of this element focuses on ANJ's assurance for the well-being of our employees by adhering to the following social values and practices to:

  • Gender equality, women empowerment, women healthcare, childcare and reproductive rights.
  • Equal opportunity, human rights, children rights, zero tolerance for any discrimination based on race, religion, nationality, political views, physical conditions
  • Zero tolerance for violence, harassment and sexual exploitation in our work place. 

3.  Stewardship of Natural Resources and Management of the Environment (Planet)

The subset of this element includes the Protection of the Environment and its Management and Stewardship of Developed Areas. Our stewardship efforts will encompass the following:

  • Responsible development of new areas incorporating an integrated landscape approach;
  • Total protection and conservation of independently identified HCV-HCS areas and primary forest;
  • No land clearing for oil palm in independently identified HCV and HCS areas following RSPO protocols. Development of identified HCS areas pertaining to legacy cases will strictly follow RSPO’s requirements and protocols;
  • No new development in peat areas of any depth and conservation of peatland;
  • Commitment to reducing Greenhouse Gases (GHG);
  • Zero Land Burning; and precaution when developing on fragile soils, slopes and water ways (including river basin).
  • Implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IMP)
  • Water management in existing developed wetlands and peat areas
  • Minimize the use of chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers and no use of paraquat, and;
  • Reduction of pollution

The full Sustainability Policy can be downloaded by clicking the link below:


Sustainability Policy - 2019