Jakarta, 27 July 2023 at Taman Wisata Alam (TWA) Angke Kapuk Jakarta, PT Bio Inti Agrindo Planted Mangroves

Jakarta, 27 July 2023 at Taman Wisata Alam (TWA) Angke Kapuk Jakarta – PT Bio Inti Agrindo Planted Mangroves within the TWA as part of its conservation efforts. The Director of TWA Ms. Ken Savitri Ambasari presented the President Director of PT BIA Mr. Hyun Chang Seop an award in recognition of the Company’s contributions to environmental conservation. Ms. Ambasari stated that they were delighted to host PT BIA for its annual mangrove planting program. Despite a brief gap during the Covid-19 quarantine period of 2020-2021, PT BIA has been carrying out its mangrove planting program since 2018 with this year being its fourth iteration.

Director Ken Savitri Ambasari would go on to explain the general role of mangroves in the area and how the planting of mangroves by PT BIA have greatly benefited the environment. “We are honored to have PT BIA return to carry out its annual mangrove planting program”, stated the TWA’s Director. “The mangroves that were previously planted by PT BIA continue to be a great boon for Taman Wisata Alam and have benefited the park greatly.”

The mangrove planting program saw the participation of PT BIA’s entire Jakarta Head Office employees with their bright pink shirts visible from a considerable distance away. “This mangrove planting is part of POSCO’s overall ‘green’ initiative”, remarked Director Hyun Chang Seop as he spoke to the employees present. “We have seen the state of mangroves progress so much in the past 10 years. Because of this we are extremely proud to be a part of such a development”. The environment cultivated as a result of these mangrove plantings has resulted in number of bird species migrating from Australia to Indonesia.

Aside from the mangrove planting program, PT BIA also has an active HCV preservation program dedicated to protecting the indigenous flora and fauna within its concession. In addition, the Company also has a dedicated social development program to assist in the upward economic mobility of the local communities in Merauke. TWA’s staff guided the PT BIA employees to the planting site where many of PT BIA’s employees along with the upper management descended into the brackish water of the coast to plant mangroves. An entire column was reserved for PT BIA’s mangrove planting program. With PT BIA’s mangrove planting for 2023 firmly in the books, PT BIA and the TWA staff congratulated one another on a job well done.

2020.02.12PT BIA received complaints from the Bentala Pusaka Foundation regarding the demolition of a sacred site of Yawantop, the Indigenous peoples of Malind and Wambon Tekamerop. Allegedely, the Company had destroyed sacred site used to perform traditional rituals. A field verification was immediately carried out and it was discovered that the area in question was a category HCV 4 area which according to the testimony of the Basik-Basik clan, was a natural well of 0.2 ha
2020.02.20Public consultations related to the clarification and rehabilitation of high conservation value areas have been carried out with LMA, indigenous communties, and local NGOs with the consultations also being attended by local governments bringing the total attendance to 66 people.
2020.03..12A traditional ceremony has been held between the clans involved, the company and also the local community. Followed by rehabilitation (replanting) with the plants requested by the clan on April 4, 2020.
2020.04.04At present, the Case has been listed as Resolved and continues to be monitored by the HCV team who also collaborates with the VMT (Village Monitoring Team) that has been formed comprised of members of the indigenous community itself.
2019.12.19Four civic groups (KTNC Watch, PUSAKA, SKP-KAMe and WALHI Papua) submitted a complaint to KNCP regarding the development and production of palm oil.
2020.2.12The company submitted their response to the complaint
2020.3.9Complainant submitted an additional statement
2020.3.17KNCP Initial Assessment results and mediation process is announced
2020.8.201st Mediation Committee meeting (explained implementation of NDPE policy, etc.)
2020.9.18Initial assessment completed
2020.12.22nd Mediation Committee meeting (provided further explanations on implementation of NDPE policy and other inquiries)
2020.12.16Parties agreed to further mediation procedures, extension of deadline
2021.6.233rd Mediation Committee meeting → an agreement was not reached
2021,11Iin response to KNCP request, the company submits its opinion on the KNCP Final Statement draft
2022.1.18KNCP Final Statement is announced
The KNCP published its Final Statement on January 13, 2022. The statement indicated that KNCP did not accept the complainants' claim, but recommended that POSCO International should continue with its current efforts to implement active environmental and social policies and communicate with stakeholders in the future. In response, POSCO International submitted a performance report to KNCP on July 29, 2022, detailing the progress of their ESG activities, including the implementation of the NDPE policy in accordance with the recommendations.