We operate in environmentally sensitive areas which affects sustainable growth of our business. There are still significant areas of pristine primary rain forest and other high conservation values within the province in which we operate. Kimbe Bay, which lies to the north of our plantations in West New Britain is the site of one of the world’s most impressive and diverse reef systems, and is vulnerable to any run-off from agricultural activities. Our expansion potential is therefore largely limited to customary land, which was logged over and cultivated before the RSPO cut-off date in 2005 and to which the resource owners grant us access.
NBPOL is committed to ensuring that land management practices are consistent with the long-term productivity of the resource, so that the land remains suitable for agricultural use. To achieve this aim, we have a strong commitment towards continuous reduction of chemical use through adoption of an integrated pest management programme, protect water supply through reinstating riparian buffer zones, strict controls of chemical usage near water courses, effluent discharges below legal standards, and reduce smoke levels from our mills.