Golden Agri-Resources: Violation of the RSPO principles

In 2010, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) reviewed allegations concerning Golden Agri´s non-compliance with RSPO regulations. Golden Agri reportedly used its subsidiary, Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology (SMART), to create the impression that GAR was committed to the RSPO sustainability guidelines.[1] GAR resolved the conflict when it became member of the RSPO in April 2011.[2]


Update March 2015:

After a complaint by the Forest Peoples Programme the RSPO sent a letter to GAR asking for clarification of the respective issues. The RSPO saw “reasonable grounds” that GAR hat violated its principles and criteria.GAR lacked necessary permits and assessments and did not fully comply with the principles of free, prior and informed consent of the communities. [3]

[1] RSPO (2010): Complaint on Golden Agri-Resources (GAR): (accessed 01.10.2013).

RSPO (2010): Update: SMART and Golden Agri-Resources meet with RSPO Grievance Panel:  (accessed 01.10.2013).

[2] RSPO (2011): Golden Agri-Resources Ltd. membership site: (accessed 1.10.2013)

[3] Forest Peoples Programme (2015): FPP complaint against Golden Agri Resources upheld; 9 March (accessed 15.07.2015)

Tomasz Johnson (2015): Palm oil companies exploit Indonesia’s people – and its corrupt political machine; The Guardian, 11 June (accessed 15.07.2015)

GAR´s response to the allegations can be found here (accessed 15.07.2015)

Case location
Singapore 118535
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Affected norms and standards Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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