IOI Pelita Current Progress

The amended Resolution Plan received the Complaints Panel's (CP) conditional endorsement at the end of June 2018. It was subsequently presented to all affected communities (11 at that time) during a 7-day long visit on 30 June – 6 July, 2018. The main purpose of this socialisation exercise was to explain the Resolution Plan and seek communities’ consent. Grassroots, Pelita and a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) observer participated alongside IOI’s team in this socialization program. A non-binding consent from communities’ appointed leaders is a necessary prerequisite for the CP’s final endorsement of the Plan.

In early August 2018, the number of communities who were participating in the resolution process changed from 11 to 9, as three communities decided to merge. As of 1 October 2018, 6 out of 9 communities gave their consent. By November 2018, two more communities gave their consent. The last remaining community, Long Teran Batu, has been still seeking advice from their legal counsellor.

In preparation for the start of the Resolution Plan (RP) implementation, IOI and Grassroots have been regularly engaging local NGOs and State of Sarawak Government to ensure their continued support. On 18 January 2019, IOI reached an agreement with 3 local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on the scope and timing of their contribution to the dispute resolution process, mainly community capacity building and community participatory mapping, which are the main components of Phase I and Phase II of the RP, respectively.