|Forest Stewardship Council(FSC)
Being a pioneer in large-scale commercial forest plantation, SSB is already FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified since 2007 with 30,000
hectares of the tree plantation areas, planted prior to 1994. The tree plantation was successfully re-certified for another 5 years (2014-2019) under the Forest stewardship
Council (FSC) Certification Scheme, which is for the second cycle since 2007. The re-certification covers the period between October 2012 and
October 2017, making SSB's tree plantation the longest period certified as well-managed plantation certification under the Scientific Certification System (SCS) Qualifor
Through this certification, our tree plantation products has gained wider market acceptance and at the same time fetch premium prices. The financial benefits gained for being
FSC certified would be greater than the expected additional expenses invested towards achieving and maintaining the FSC status. The main goal of
the company has turned to reality, where SSB is even more committed to sustain our venture in the tree plantation within FSC charter. The social and
environmental benefits attributable to maintaining FSC status is tremendous for tree plantation the size of SSB, particularly in the form of employment to the
surrounding communities, improvement in plantation to natural environment (protection of water catchments, natural habitat, wildlife, etc) and of course the positive
contribution towards Carbon sequestration.
Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO)
Sabah Softwoods Berhad (SSB) has registered with the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) to be member of MSPO on 24th April 2015. The company obtained MSPO Certification for Group certification and Mill on 1st April 2016. (Click here to view: SSB MSPO Certificate)
The Group certification includes the eight (8) Estates and one (1) Mill namely, a. Sg.Indit, Dumpas,
Cenderamata, Kapilit, Mawang, Bukit Batu, Bukit Tukok, Kumansi and Kapilit Palm Oil Mill (KPOM) (Click here to view: SSB Estates and Mill location & Hectarage Distribution). Mr. Ram Nathan (email@example.com) is appointed as the Management
Representative for MSPO certification.
TUV NORD (Malaysia) company as the Certification Body (CB). CB has applied for accreditation for MSPO scheme under DSM (Department of Standard Malaysia) in order to issue accredited certificate. Thus, re-certification for Group certification foe Estates and Mill is on 13-17 March 2017 during audit in order to issue an accredited MSPO certificate which is the requirements for oil palm industry under the jurisdiction of Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) is now the scheme owner.
The company has developed several policy statements with commitment for sustainability. These policies include:
||Health, Safety and Environment
||Prevention on Workplace Violence
||Sexual Harassment & Gender Discrimination
||Pemuliharaan Hidupan Liar
||Freedom of Association Statement
All the policies of the company is clearly displayed on notice boards and being briefed to staff, workers and contractors.
Some of the Management documents placed at the estates and mill offices for publicly available upon request include the followings:
||Standard Operating Procedure (Estate and Mill)
||Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
||High Conservation Value (HCV)
||Grievances and Complaints Procedure
||Safety and Health Plans
||Government Laws and Regulations
||Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP)
All levels of employees have continuously committed to implement MSPO. The company has standard operating procedures for best practices to ensure sustainable production of safe and quality palm oil products.
FSC Certification Report
Research & Development