Permata Hijau considers traceability as one of the most important aspect of our drive towards sustainability. We also understand that the complexities of the palm oil supply chain with its multitudes of smallholders and middlemen means creating a full supply chain map will be a colossal challenge. As such we adopt a two tiered approach to traceability:
We consider our oil or kernel to be traceable to palm oil mill if we have the following information of the supplying mills: name of the mill, address of the mill, and GPS coordinate of the mill. This traceability information will be updated on half-yearly basis. We have managed to trace 100% of our oil and kernel to its mill of origin.
Traceability to the plantation is exponentially more difficult to achieve than traceability to the mill because of the very diverse sources of fruits supplying to the mills. For every large plantation that supply to our supplying mills there are many more smaller plantations and smallholders. 40% of Indonesian palm fruits are grown by the millions strong smallholders many of whom worked only 2 to 5 hectares of land. To add another layer of complexity, most of the smallholders sell their fruits through middlemen. We are currently hard at work in developing a working system to trace our oil to the plantation. For our tracebility information please visit our traceability dashboard here