The HCSA Executive Committee is pleased to announce HCSA’s newest Steering Group (SG) member and first smallholder member, SPKS.

Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS) is an organisation of small-scale oil palm growers established in June 2006 and declared in 2013. SPKS works together with smallholder members to sustainably improve the management of palm oil plantations through empowering palm oil smallholders and advocating for better policies. Together with these farmers, SPKS aims to strengthen their well-being and self-reliance through building smallholder awareness, strengthening smallholder institutions and providing capacity-building programmes to increase smallholder livelihoods in Indonesia. SPKS has been actively collaborating with the HCSA on developing an adapted HCS Approach for smallholders to decouple its practices from deforestation in Indonesia. The organisation is also collaborating with HCSA and USAID to achieve recognition and conservation of HCS forests and HCV areas by the Indonesian government.

SPKS came on board as a HCSA SG smallholder member on 22 January 2019. For more information, please see their website