8th International Planters Conference (IPC)
Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 12:23 Written by Azlin Monday, 16 February 2015 15:34
ADDRESING THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE: CHANGING DYNAMICS OF THE OIL PALM INDUSTRY
As the population escalates in number and resources become increasingly limited, due and somewhat rightful pressure is being placed on governments and corporations to account for and move towards sustainable growth and development. This has incidentally caused the paradigm shift from the singletrack focus of generating higher profits year on year to what we now know as the “Triple Bottom Line”, which is striving to strike and maintain a balance between the three ‘P’s; People, Planet and Profit.
It is now essential to showcase initiatives and accountability when demonstrating that economic viability and growth moves forward in parallel with environmental and social protection as well as enhancements.
Corporations are required to publish Sustainability Reports to accompany their Annual Reports to provide a platform to be evaluated on levels of commitment and concern towards the environment and society.
As a consequence, corporations are now constantly trying to outdo each other in pioneering and pursuing their environmental and social efforts and plans in pursuit of projecting a greener or more people-friendly reputation.
The oil palm and palm oil industry is on the receiving end of demands and criticisms (at times unfairly) to be more sustainable and to pursue the Triple Bottom Line more seriously.
The oil palm industry grew at an expeditious rate in the 1980s and 1990s and many boarded this lucrative bandwagon. Bad practices were a common sight with a list of issues being pinned on the industry. These included being made responsible for deforestation and degradation of peatlands, loss of biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions, displacement of native land owners and rural communities, employment of illegal labour and land grabbing. It is a long list and one that will probably continue to grow as more issues are being identified and attributed to the oil palm industry.
The oil palm industry, more than any other agricultural sector, in the world today, has been placed under a microscope by the unwavering and relentless scrutiny of a variety of audience, ranging from environmental and social watchdogs, from financial institutions to ethical consumer advocacy groups and the society at large for multiple reasons.
All this however is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Governments and Industry have responded by not only conducting further research to disprove criticisms but also pushing the benchmark for the sustainability of the industry higher by the creation of regimes such as the RSPO, ISCC, ISPO and MSPO. These certification platforms aspire to hold the industry accountable to higher standards for the benefit of the People, Planet and Profit.
The industry and its players alike have matured and are equipped with the knowledge and realisation that the pursuit of the Triple Bottom Line is actually good for business as it generates more distinct social gains while preserving the environment.
Therefore, IPC 2015 is being organised by the Society to discuss the future of oil palm as a sustainable crop. It aims to provide an international platform for the interchange of views and sharing of knowledge and information on the changing dynamics of the oil palm industry.
The conference held held on 8th and 9th June 2015 will be followed by field tours on 10th June 2015.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
IPC 2015 caters for those involved in the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil palm industry and other oils & fats sector players including scientist, planters, millers, traders, processors, manufacturers, economists, policy makers, academicians, etc. The Conference will be useful for networking with your peers in the oil palm industry while exchanging views and sharing new ideas.
|Early Bird Fee (Register & Pay before 15 April 2015)||RM780||RM1,180||RM500|
|Normal Fee (After 15 April 2015)||RM980||RM1,380||RM500|
|ONSITE REGISTRATION (WITH FULL PAYMENT)||RM1,080||RM1,480||RM550|
A dinner will be held at the Grand Ballroom, 9th Floor, Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 8 June 2015, commencing at 1930. Participants are invited to attend the Conference Dinner and may purchase extra tickets as below:
Corporate Table (10 seats)
VIP Tables (8 seats)
VVIP Tables (8 seats)
POST CONFERENCE TOUR
Post Conference Tour to selected establishments will be conducted on 10 June 2015 (Wednesday). Participants may select one of the following options:-
1. West Estate, Carey Island, Selangor
2. Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Selangor
3. Soil Tour (TBC)
The fee is inclusive of transport and refreshments. Seats are limited and will be based on first-come-first-serve basis with full payment.
An exhibition featuring farm machinery and mechanisation technologies related to the oil palm industry will be held. Machine and product suppliers as well as service providers are invited to participate. The exhibits will be on display on Monday and Tuesday, 8 & 9 June 2015. Exhibition booths are available for booking.
Booth Fees: 3m (D) x 3m (W) Booths:
- Premium (PR)
- Superior (SU)
- Standard (ST)
**All fees are subject to 6% Goods & Services Tax (GST) with effect from 1 April 2015.
PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION
The registration must be with appropriate payment, RM (Malaysian) and made payable by the following method:
Bank draft; or
Credit card (Mastercard/Visa); or
Telegraphic transfer (Please send a copy of the proof of payment for tracing of payment)
Payment on site (For WALK-IN participant only)
|Beneficiary||ISP MANAGEMENT (M) SDN BHD|
HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad
|Current Account||305- 335- 747- 101|
|Swift Code No||HBMBMYKL|
|*All bank charges must be borne by participant.|