P&G management team get ‘hands-on’ experience with smallholders in Malaysia

In June 2017 a team of 56 P&G Chemicals staff experienced for themselves smallholder oil palm production with independent producers in Benut, Pontian, Malaysia. They learned about operations in the field, seeing what sustainability means for a smallholder and what traceability looks like on the ground.

The team visited the P&G Pilot Project, which is being implemented by Proforest Malaysia in partnership with the SHARP Secretariat. This is part of the smallholder initiative launched by P&G in 2016 to work with the independent smallholders to ensure compliance with P&G’s responsible sourcing commitments in its palm oil supply chain. The P&G team was led by the Vice President for P&G Chemicals (Jack Ryan) along with their EurAsia Regional Manager (Dan Cooper), Supply Network Leader (Girish Deshpand) and Palm Sustainability Project Manager (Mohd Suffian Muhili). The event was jointly organized by P&G Chemicals, oil palm fruit dealer Naajihin Enterprise, WildAsia and Proforest. The P&G delegation was given the opportunity to harvest ripe oil palm fresh fruit buncesh (FFB) from the farm, loading it on the truck, grading the FFB, observing the operations in the dealer’s collection centre and harvesting some pineapples, which some smallholders interplant with palm in the early years of the rotation. They were able to interact with the independent smallholders and dealers running the collection centres. The delegation was very pleased to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the field for sustainable smallholder oil palm production.   

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