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New Project Strengthens Palm Oil Villages in Indonesia

A new project in Indonesia has been launched: Responsible and Sustainable Business in Indonesian Palm Oil Plantations (RESBOUND) is a three-year project which aims to strengthen village development in palm oil plantation areas.

New Project Strengthens Palm Oil Villages in Indonesia

RESBOUND aims to strengthen village development in palm oil plantation areas. The program uses an inclusive approach by building partnerships between palm oil companies and the village government, in order to accelerate village development focusing on economic and social rights fulfilment. RESBOUND is a three-year program implemented by a consortium of civil society organizations including ICCO, Pusat Kajian dan Perlindungan Anak (PKPA) and PENABULU. The program is supported by the European Union in Indonesia.

To launch the program, an event was organized by ICCO and the Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development with the theme: “Building Sustainable Business and Market Transformations Towards Decent Rural Living”.

ICCO Indonesia’s Country Coordinator said at this event: “Responsible business in palm oil plantations is key to achieving decent rural living. The RESBOUND consortium chooses to work together with villages, as they are the source of renewable energy and food, and this includes palm producers. There are few who are concerned about the wellbeing of village residents. Therefore, partnerships between the village community, village government and the private sector are necessary.”

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