APRIL Group undertakes deep and ongoing community engagement in the areas it operates. We work with more than 150 villages throughout our operational areas.
In line with the principles of Free, Prior, Informed Consent, we conduct community needs audits in surrounding villages and hold multiple community meetings to present our land management plans and to answer any questions local community members may have. Our community engagement team members regularly visit and meet with local village representatives.
Community engagement in Indonesia can be complex and, as in any society, there can be a range of views expressed. We seek to achieve majority consent from villages close to our concession areas before we finalise our land management plans.
This often involves signing agreements with local village leaders reflecting the wishes of their people. Agreements typically include commitments from APRIL Group to contribute to development of livelihood, health, education and infrastructure development as well as establishment of community fibre farms and continued access to traditional hunting and fishing grounds.
If disputes occur, we have a diligent and transparent dispute resolution process designed to resolve situations with fairness to all parties. Where necessary, this includes working with third parties to help mediate fair outcomes.