Zero Deforestation

The success of the Forest Reserves Protection and Biodiversity Monitoring Program is greatly related to the zero deforestation and forest preservation policy adopted by the Group in 2001.

In that year, the company carried out its last deforestation, properly licensed and authorized by the competent environmental agency. It has since decided to ban deforestation from its expansions and to establish new plantings only in areas already degraded by human activities.


Agropalma establishes all new oil palm plantings according the following criteria, which apply to own plantations and to plantations established by family farmers and integrated out growers in partnership with Agropalma:

  • Carrying out social and environmental impact assessments, which include high conservation values (HCV) assessments, before develop any new planting. HCV assessments are done by experts accredited by HCV Resource Network’s Accreditation Licensing Scheme.
  • The area intended to be planted is not or were not covered by native vegetation, even secondary forests, since November 2005;
  • The area intended to be planted does not keep any kind of social or environmental High Conservation Values (HCV);
  • The area intended to be planted does not have peat (since 2006) or any kind of soils considered unsuitable to oil palm plantation.
  • New plantings made in partnership with smallholders and other FFB suppliers will be established just after their free, prior and informed consent.

OBS: Since November 2013, when POIG charter was launched and brought the concept of High Carbon Stocks (HCS) assessments, Agropalma did not have any expansion and the few developments done by its integrated outgrowers were placed in areas with non-native vegetation (mainly pastures), so there was no need for carrying out any HCV assessment.