As the international leader of palm oil production, Indonesia plays an important role in mitigating environmental impacts and ensuring a sustainable product for consumers around the world. In this pursuit a multistakeholder approach to define and address the underlying root causes limiting the sustainability of the sector is required. In October 2014 the Ministry of Agriculture and its partners launched the Indonesian palm oil platform, Forum Kelapa Sawit Berkelanjutan Indonesia (FoKSBI) to coordinate the entire sector and existing initiatives focused on the sustainability of palm oil. In 2018, FoKSBI’s multistakeholder participants have agreed on a National Action Plan on Sustainable Paml Oil, which will define and enable wide-scale solutions for the production of sustainable Indonesian palm oil.
A national commodity platform is a mechanism for government to convene and coordinate the public and private sector in an effort to develop a national action plan. A platform therefore provides a neutral space for various stakeholders to come and work together to address the challenges faced by the sector and encourage cooperation between existing initiatives.
The advantage of a platform such as FoKSBI is in the multistakeholder dialogue, which strengthens efforts to achieve sustainability by providing the right combination of expertise and analysis to scale-up action in priority areas. Based on their respective responsibilities and expertise, the right set of stakeholders can identify the challenges and “co-create” solutions. This results in broader ownership, greater trust and understanding between actors, which ultimately leads to the overall adoption of sustainable production and trade of palm oil.
"To create a forum in Indonesia which enables collective agreement on sustainable and systematic solutions for the production of palm oil that is respectful to the environment, expands social benefits and improves Indonesia’s market competiveness."