Asian Agri has a long history of sourcing palm oil from within the world-famous Tesso Nilo National Park, one of the few places in the world where tigers, elephants, orangutans, and rhinoceroses live together.
In response to pressure from customers and Greenpeace, Asian Agri adopted a moratorium on clearing High Conservation Value areas and High Carbon Stock forests, including peat in line with the standard definition used by Wilmar, Golden Agri-Resources, Cargill and others. In 2020, Asian Agri set up an initiative with two other companies to support smallholders and help them improve their yields and certify the palm oil they sell. Asian Agri currently works with 30,000 plasma smallholders.
However, Asian Agri’s parent company Royal Golden Eagle continues to engage in extensive deforestation, and implementation needs to be monitored as well. Even with Asian Agri’s moratorium, the company was found to be tainting global supply chains with deforestation palm oil as recently as 2017. In 2020, a group of NGOs, which included Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network, campaigned against April Group for purchasing from deforested areas in Borneo. April Group is owned by Royal Golden Eagle. In highlighting Royal Golden Eagle’s longstanding connections to deforestation, RAN has reported on ties between the conglomerate and a number of major consumer goods companies and banks.
In 2014, Asian Agri endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests. The company is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
The company is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.