As the world's leading producer of palm oil, Indonesia has an important role to play in reducing environmental impacts and providing sustainable products for consumers around the world. To achieve these objectives a multi-stakeholder approach is needed to define and address the root causes that limit the sustainability of the sector.
In October 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture, with support from UNDP Indonesia, launched the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil Forum (FoKSBI) to coordinate all sectors and initiatives focused on sustainable palm oil. In 2018, members of the FoKSBI have initiated on a National Action Plan for Sustainable Palm Oil, which provided a wide-scale solution for sustainable Indonesian palm oil production.
FoKSBI is a multi-stakeholder dialogue forum consisting of representatives from various stakeholders, including Government, Private sector, Professional Associations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academics, under the coordination of the Indonesian government. This forum is a collaborative initiative-driven and is chaired and coordinated jointly by the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture.
FoKSBI's strengths are in multi-stakeholder dialogue and participation, which supports the achievement of sustainable palm oil and becomes a very strategic tool in improving coordination and cooperation.
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."