The company has adopted industry standard sustainability policies, including commitments to refrain from development on high carbon stock and high conservation value areas and on peat (regardless of depth) and to avoid the use of fire on its plantations. In addition, the company claims to have achieved 100 percent traceability to the mill level for its palm oil.
Yet, Astra Agro Lestari has a history of deforestation and peatland destruction, particularly in the world-famous Tripa Swamp Forest in Sumatra, home to one of the last populations of Sumatran orangutans. In addition, it has been criticized for being slow to implement its policies.
Astra Agro by far the largest palm oil company that is not a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.