JOURNAL MONITOR EDITION 31 : THE CONTRIBUTION OF PALM OIL INDUSTRY TO SDGs
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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a global development platform based on sustainable development paradigm stated that economic growth and environmental preservation can be managed optimally so that it can achieve economic, social and environmental development goals in a long-term perspective. SDGs initiated by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 with target achievements during 2016-2030. SDGs have 17 goals and 169 targets which can be divided into three main aspects, namely economic, social and environmental aspects.
Indonesia as a member of the United Nations which is also a country that has participated in ratifying the SDGs has also issued policies that support the implementation of SDGs in Indonesia and mandates all sectors to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. The palm oil industry as one of the national strategic industries has proactively positioned itself as part of the solution that contributes to the achievement of SDGs goals at the local/regional, national and global levels.
This is confirmed based on empirical research or studies, the palm oil industry has contributed to the achievement of 16 of the 17 SDGs goals. In the economic aspect, this industry has achieved: SDG-1 (No Poverty); SDG-2 (Zero Hunger); SDG-7 (Afordable and Clean Energy); SDG-8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth); SDG-9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure); SDG-10 (Reducing Inequality); and SDG-12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). In the social aspect, namely: SDG-3 (Good Health and Well-being); SDG-4 (Quality Education); SDG-5 (Gender equality); SDG-6 (Clean Water and Sanitation); SDG-11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities); and SDG-16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institution). Meanwhile, in the environmental aspect this industry also contributes to the achievement of: SDG-13 (Climate Action); SDG-14 (Life Below Water); and SDG-15 (Life on Land).
Given the importance of information in knowing the contribution of the palm oil industry to the SDGs as an material campaign for promoting so that increasing acceptance in the global market, as well as being a “weapon” to fight against black campaign and policies that discriminate against palm oil (trade barrier), research on this topic with using updated comprehensive data (from upstream to downstream) and a comprehensive approach (analysis method) is very needed. Therefore, the government through BPDPKS by utilizing CPO Support Fund (CSF) can conduct that research as soon as possible.